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Numeracy Day celebrated at Secondary

Wednesday 16th May 

National Numeracy Day is celebrated on this day each year and aims to build essential numeracy skills and highlight the importance of numeracy in the real world. To celebrate the day, students had to explore around the academy, collecting maths keywords from each department. Also throughout the day links between maths and areas of the curriculum were discussed and classes all had numeracy starters across each subject, reinforcing the importance of  being numerate in different aspects of life. 

It was great to see students getting involved in the activities and everyone worked well throughout the day, enthusiastically going round the academy spotting each keyword. All correct entries were put into a prize draw and the winning student drawn was Cameron Carbon from 9C. Congratulations Cameron!

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On National Numeracy Day, Y7 and Y8 did a numeracy PSHE lesson. Students talked about ways to change people's bad attitude to maths, as well as discussing where they can go to get help with their maths. Students also learnt about supermarket deals, understanding sugar levels in their food and discovered that maths is found in a variety of popular culture. (Did you know that ‘The Simpsons’ is written by Mathematicians and they include a lot of sophisticated mathematics hidden in the episodes?)

A great book recommended by the maths department is Simon Singh's ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’.

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On Thursday 17th May

Parents of Y7 were invited into the academy to participate in maths problems with their children. It was lovely to see the students engage in mathematical discussions with their parents and show support, as well as having a cup of tea and biscuits and the opportunity to talk out of school time with the maths teachers. This is definitely something we would like to run more often and encourage the community to get involved in. 

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To round of the Numeracy activities, there is a maths competition for parents to get involved in, drop your answers in to reception and all correct entires will be entered into a prize draw. Good luck! 

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Miss S Blain

Mathematics Teacher

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