How scientists use numbers every day
Students require a broad range of numeracy skills to succeed in science. Yet until relatively recently we have expected them to already have these skills when they enter the science classroom even though, like literacy, numeracy is a skill that improves with practice and students are more likely to recognise its relevance in the context of their science learning. Advancing Numeracy in Science makes the link between these two key curriculum areas explicit. It outlines basic numeracy principles as they apply to real scientific examples, assuming that students have little prior knowledge of them. The differentiated activities cover the four major areas of science: biology, chemistry, Earth science (geology and astronomy) and physics. Many also relate to practical experimental work or real-world applications of scientific principles, clearly demonstrating why learning numeracy will help students in their everyday lives, as well as in their scientific studies.
- Offers real-world examples of scientific numeracy that students can relate to
- Provides step-by-step instructions for practical experiments along with explanatory teacher notes
- Offers numeracy activities and tips designed to help students excel in science
- Caters to diverse learning styles and numeracy levels.
Recommended ages: 11-13