Numeracy

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The Numeracy Area of Learning combines maths with four subjects which make extensive use of data and numeracy in order to deliver success.

There are five subjects in Numeracy at BCHS:

·         Business Studies

·         Computing

·         Economics

·         IT

·         Maths

Numeracy equips students with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. It breaks down cultural and international barriers. Strong numeracy skills are a global language, essential in everyday life and all aspects of employment. To this end, the numeracy area of learning nurtures a love of mathematics and its applications as a creative challenge while developing the skills of logical reasoning, problem-solving and the ability to think in abstract ways.

In mathematics students learn through a wide range of practical activities in a technologically rich environment. They develop the confidence to solve unfamiliar problems and discover the importance of mathematics and its application in the world around them. Students will also be taught the key financial skills for life.  They will cover a wide range of essential skills including understanding pay slips and bank statements, interest rates on credit cards and loans, their consumer rights and how to budget successfully.

The numeracy area of learning is led by Sam Payne. Sam is a maths teacher who has been instrumental in leading maths to great success in the last four years. This has included the introduction of the Core Maths course for post-16 students, as well as enabling students who have not achieved a Grade 4 at GCSE in Year 11 to resit the course in the sixth form. Sam has brought together all of the subjects in the numeracy area of learning to ensure close collaboration which will support our students to develop their mathematical skills in a fully rounded manner which is based on theoretical learning and practical applications.

In Numeracy teachers strive to maximise the mathematical potential of every student. The delivery of consistently high quality lessons that will enable students to appreciate and enjoy numeracy is a crucial part of achieving this. Students are encouraged to speak to staff when they require extra help at any time of the day. All of the subjects make extensive use of e-learning platforms to support student progress.

Business studies is led by Tom Fisher and offers students a key understanding of the key areas of business, from marketing to human resources, and from finance to production.  At both GCSE and BTEC level 3 students will identify business problems and plan appropriate investigations.  Students will learn to make decisions using both qualitative and quantitative methods and evaluate the most appropriate strategies.  We live in a corporate world and the markets operate around us constantly.  Because of this, business is a universal subject.  There are few, if any, careers for which an understanding of business would not be of some benefit.  Business Studies is also a key to attaining highly paid and challenging roles in all levels of management.

Economics is led by Rachel Bloomfield and is offered to students at both GCSE and A-level.  Economics is about studying the world around us from a social, financial and cultural perspective.  The subject looks at all the different factors that affect wealth and well-being.  Through studying economics students will have a chance to develop their analysis, evaluation, communication and numeracy skills.  Without some knowledge of economics, it is impossible to understand the world in which we live in (and the global economic crisis since 2008). Every day, for example, the media report about economic issues such as unemployment, inflation (rising prices), economic growth, government spending and taxation, exchange rates, international trade and share / commodity price and exchange rate movements.

A high-quality computing education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science and 3D Design, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is Computer Science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programmes, systems and a range of content.  Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate: able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, Information and Communication Technology - at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.