This year, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School is working towards the 'Liverpool Counts' Numeracy for Life Quality Mark and we want EVERYONE in our school community to be involved: children, parents and carers, governors, teachers, LSAs, office staff, dinner ladies, cleaning and maintenance staff and visitors!
Our aim is to raise the profile of mathematics throughout the school and the wider school family!
The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership and School Improvement Liverpool to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill. 'The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.'
Top tips for parents and families:
Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.
Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.
Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
We want YOU, parents and carers, to share how you use maths in your everyday lives. We would love you to come into one of our classrooms to talk about how you use maths in your job or hobby with the children and their teachers. We want our children to make strong links between maths and real life situations.
So, if you can spare some time to come and ‘talk maths’, leave your name and contact number with the school office.
Liverpool has launched a city wide challenge to improve mathematics and everyone can get involved – follow this link to take the numeracy challenge.
The Maths Ambassadors help to run a Puzzle club. Where every lunchtime children can come and play different board games. The Maths Ambassadors help to set up the board games and make sure the club runs smoothly.
Each week, teachers choose a Star of the Week, they give a Come and See award and they choose a Maths Champion, they are celebrated in a Good Work Assembly. The Maths Champions are celebrated on the school's weekly newsletters.