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St. Mary’s Primary School, 123 Granemore Road Tassagh Armagh


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The Northern Ireland Curriculum states:

Numeracy is the development and application of mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations. Skills in numeracy should help children to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.

Throughout the primary school, children should engage in a wide range of purposeful activities which should involve them in different modes of mathematical learning, including playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening, asking questions, reflecting, drafting, reading and recording.

Here at St. Mary's we work hard to achieve the expectations of numeracy teaching outlined by the Curriculum. 

Through out the school our pupils have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities, helping to reinforce and build on their learning, both independently and co- operatively. We recognise the importance and value of mental maths and spend time supporting pupils' learning and development of strategies. Pupils are given opportunities to experience the use of ICT in mathematics, for example the use of graphing packages to present data and programmable devices such as the Beebot. They take an active role in their own learning participating in practical activities, requiring problem solving and decision making.

The Lines of Development for Mathematics & Numeracy

The Lines of Development for Mathematics and Numeracy has five areas:

Processes in Mathematics



Shape and Space

Handling Data


Counting on a number line


Topmarks Number triangles