We often hear that numeracy, like literacy, is everyone’s business. With that in mind, here are a few of my favourite ideas for opportunities to emphasise numeracy within specialist lessons. I find that thinking about possibilities beforehand allows us to anticipate and make the best use of opportunities. Here are some idea starters, questions, and even topics where numeracy naturally fits. I hope you find them helpful! Tierney
Running any lesson:
- How much time do we have left?
- How many ___ do we need? E.g. equipment
- Make sure you have enough space to work.
- First, second, third (e.g. steps to complete)
- Vocabulary: more, less, compare, same, different, amount, time, difference, “about” this much, fair, share, pattern, distance
- Measuring: distance, temperature, time, volume/capacity
- Calculating: Comparing measurements, averaging, how many (floated/sunk)
- Displaying: graphing results (reading graphs and scales), scales, tables, tallies
- Traits as dominant/ recessive and proportions/probability with two-way table (XY XX)
- Rounding and moving into significant figure
- Using formulas (speed = distance/time, force = mass x acceleration) – this is algebra. Substitution.
- Rates: temp increase per minute, speed…
- Ratios in chemistry and cooking
- Weather and likelihood (50% chance of rain today… climate)
- How many…? More or less?
- How far? How hot/cold? Difference?
- Scales: what is it between? Why the different measurements? Precision instruments. Solar system scale…
- What is a reasonable answer? Too high? Too low? Range? Average?
- What if we change _____, what happens? How do we know?
- Pattern of notes and half notes in a scale. Same with chords (e.g. don’t want notes that are one note apart… minor vs major).
- Rhythm of beats per bar and counting in time (quarter notes…).
- Time signatures (faster, slower as beats per minute).
- Louder, softer (not related to time, but to volume).
- Sharps and flats as half note shifts.
- Repeating patterns (e.g. two bars that are used multiple times, a chorus, actions in a dance…) is part of algebra.
- Symmetrical and asymmetrical design
- Representing 3D objects using perspective in a 2D format. Foreshortening, vanishing points, top/side views, what you can actually see, negative space
- Shapes, patterns and motif in design (geometric vs naturalistic)
- Ratios in paint mixing etc.
- Sculpture: balance, mass, 3D shapes (round, square, diagonal)
- Ceramics: closed and open shapes, too thick walls leads to kiln explosions, length of snakes for coil pots, shrinkage
- Distance for running/field/throws/jumps…
- Time and speed, comparing times, improving and personal best
- Angle (throw, jump, power for speedy starts…), spins, height
- Measuring power, strength, flexibility…
- Rates (speed, push ups per minute, heart rate…)
- Spatial awareness in team games and where to get to to catch the ball.
- Day name, date and time
- Counting and number words including age
- Situations such as buying items from shops