The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is a programme run by School Improvement Liverpool, targeted at improving maths results for the city’s children. Its main aim is to tackle the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society.
We now need your help to challenge these views and promote a culture where we understand the need for good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications. We want to ensure our children know how important these are for their social, financial, health and employment aspects, both now and in the future.
In school, we will all be working hard to encourage pupils to make connections in their numeracy and mathematics lessons to real life contexts and within other areas of their school experiences.
Our specific aims for the pupils of Gilmour Juniors are:
to raise the profile of Numeracy / Mathematics across the school including its use in other subjects
to create a positive ethos about mathematics across all stakeholders
to understand the importance of mathematics as a life skill and the role it plays in future life choices
to share and celebrate the enjoyment of Numeracy / Mathematics.
How can I help?
Your help in this endeavour to challenge the negative attitudes that we so often hear towards mathematics in society today is invaluable! There is no such thing as 'I can't do maths'. Since we have been able to walk and talk, we have been making sense of the world around us using our mathematical skills. Let’s be honest, there are not many of us who would claim to be a human number-crunching machine and we have to dig back into our ever-increasingly distant memories to recall the theories of trigonometry and Pythagoras that we were taught at school ourselves. But that isn’t what makes us good at maths! Its about calculating when to leave the house to get to work on time, its about understanding the complexities of a bus timetable, its about balancing a household budget and knowing when a supermarket special offer really is a the bargain it claims to be.
So please, we will be asking and hoping for your help in some small, but really important ways from now on, to help our children understand that maths doesn’t begin and end in the classroom and that while scores in tests are important in some ways, that is not the only measure by which we should judge our ability to ‘do maths’.
Thank you in advance for your support as we continue our journey to do the best for all involved with Gilmour Juniors.
Support for adults
If you would like some guidance on how best to support your child with their maths skills or gain some support with your own level of numeracy, follow these links for help and advice...
Sessions for parents
Having held successful sessions for parents on how to support your child with problem-solving and multiplication strategies, we hope that there will soon be more to follow.
The Gilmour team of Mathletes
Each class now has their own 'Mathlete' to lead the way and be a champion of all things mathematical!
How we use maths when we're not in our maths lessons
We need to use our maths skills in a wide variety of ways, just like these...
Useful sites for developing pupils' skills
If you find any sites, apps or games that you enjoy playing online, please be sure to write them down and pass them on to Mrs Stanton so that we can add them to this page for all to enjoy!