d) The Numeracy Hour

In September 1999, as part of its commitment to raising educational standards, the British government launched the National Numeracy Strategy in primary schools throughout England and Wales. Every school is expected to provide a daily maths lesson of 45 minutes to 1 hour for all pupils of primary age. In these lessons, teachers are expected to teach the whole class together for a high proportion of the time with a significant focus on oral and mental calculation.

The daily Numeracy (mathematics) lesson

is divided up into three parts.

  1. oral work and mental calculation (about 5 to 10 minutes) whole-class work to rehearse, sharpen and develop mental and oral skills
  2. the main teaching activity (about 30 to 40 minutes) teaching input and pupil activities work as a whole class, in groups, in pairs or as individuals
  3. a plenary to round off the lesson (about 10 to 15 minutes)

Teachers work with the whole class to sort out misconceptions and identify progress, to summarise key facts and ideas and what to remember, to make links to other work and discuss the next steps, and to set work to do at home

Lessons focus on whole-class teaching with a strong emphasis on mental calculation. Pupils are given the opportunity to explain their answers and suggest new ways of tackling problems.

Objectives for Year 6 (equivalent if CM2 in France) copied from Woodlands Junior School website http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/schnumeracy.html

National Numeracy Strategy for Year 6

The children follow the National Numeracy Strategy.

The main objectives for Year 6 listed below are intended to give you an idea of some of the things your child should be able to do by the end of this year. Some targets may be more complicated than they seem and so will involve your child meeting them more than once in the year and possibly again in in his or her next school.

Multiply and divide decimals mentally by 10 or 100, and integers by 1000, and explain the effect.

Order a mixed set of numbers with up to three decimal places.

Reduce a fraction to its simplest form by cancelling common factors.

Use a fraction as an operator to find fractions of numbers or quantities (e.g. 5/8 of 32, 7/10 of 40, 9/100 of 400 centimetres).

Understand percentage as a number of parts in every 100, and find simple percentages of small whole-number quantities.

Solve simple problems involving ratio and proportion.

Carry out column addition and subtraction of numbers involving decimals.

Derive quickly division facts corresponding to multiplication tables up to 10 x 10.

Carry out short multiplication and division of numbers involving decimals.

Carry out long multiplication of a three-digit by a two-digit integer.

Use a protractor to measure acute and obtuse angles to the nearest degree.

Calculate the perimeter and area of simple compound shapes that can be split into rectangles.

Read and plot co-ordinates in all four quadrants.

Identify and use the appropriate operations (including combinations of operations) to solve word problems involving numbers and quantities, and explain methods and reasoning.

Solve a problem by extracting and interpreting information presented in tables, graphs and charts.


You can find a complete version of this document in this pdf :  The Numeracy Hour


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