Literacy and Numeracy in LCVP


Literacy Link Day Presentations





Strategies which may improve literacy


Anticipation Exercise


Anticipation exercises can be used to harness the powerful "psychological power of prediction", anticipation exercises are a pre-reading comprehension strategy and an Assessment for Learning tool, as they assess prior knowledge, engage students in reading for meaning and test of the students learned anything new.  Click here to download a blank template anticipation exercise.


Bingo Templates



Snakes and Ladders


Snakes and Ladders may be played using any of the question sets that you make (see example)

Simply print the definitions and solutions onto card.  If you don't like cutting up card, print the definitions and solutions onto labels and stick these onto small index cards. 

The same question sets can be used for bingo, noughts and crosses as well as snakes and ladders.  Three for the price of one.

You will need to print out the snakes and ladders board.  Download the template, print and laminate it.  Perhaps, print it in A3. 


Placemat Technique


This technique requires students to be divided into groups of four.  Students gather around the Placemat Template which is organised with sections for each student to record their ideas and a central section for students to summarise their individual ideas.  Firstly, students individually think about a question and write down their ideas/answers on their own section of the template.  Then students share their ideas to discover common elements, which can be written in the centre of the placemat template.  The purpose of the placemat technique is to provide all students with the opportunity to share their ideas and learn from each other in a co-operative small group discussion. 

As a result, students may improve their oral literacy.   They will extend their learning by listening to the ideas of others.  Click for more information on the placemat technique, as well as step-by-step instructions for successful implementation.


Other Literacy Resources




Student Profiles



Useful Posters



Websites to Improve Literacy and Numeracy


Puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
Wordlearner Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
Wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
Pete's PowerPoint Station Good maths images and ideas
IXL Interactive revision site for maths - covers all topics
Skillwise Educational website to improve literacy and numeracy in adults
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Tests
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords, Tests, Quizzes
Wordle Create your own Word Cloud
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony.  First enter your name, then click on "Create your own cube"



Checklists for Literacy & Numeracy

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form


Further Reading

Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life


This the National Strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011 - 2020. 

Click here for the summary of the strategy.
Click here to download the full strategy.

Presentations from Numeracy Link Days


Numeracy Link Day 1

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Numeracy Link Day 2

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Template: Numeracy Across the Curriculum, for Subject Department or focus group 

Focus group schedule for numeracy 
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Whole School Approach to Numeracy


Developing a whole school approach to numeracy is key.  If your school has nominated a numeracy link teacher, they will have received training on this. The following resources support the devlopment of a whole school approach to numeracy:

Presentations from Numeracy Link Days

Common Approaches to Numeracy

Mathematical Language

Tips for Teachers, by Teachers


Common Approaches to Numeracy


The following exemplars may be useful for schools when adopting a common approach to various areas of numeracy. It is recommended that the common approach be agreed upon by the maths department first, before being implemented at whole-school level. It is envisaged that these approaches should be used across the curriculum to enhance consistency in the teaching and learning of numeracy across all subjects. The common approaches provided can also be printed out as A3 charts thus creating a numeracy rich environment.

Addition of Fractions

Graphic Analysis





Whole School Approach to Problem Solving

Whole School Questioning Initiative

Extension Tasks


Mathematical Language


Research suggests that mathematical language plays a vital role in students' success of numeracy.  Consistency of the language experienced by students is of paramount importance.  

Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin's exemplar offers an approach to teaching mathematical vocabulary that can be adapted for other mathematical terms.


Dr. Máire Ní Ríordáin's Mathematical Register



This resource pack has been planned and developed to support the teaching and learning of numeracy and numerical literacy in JCSP schools and, in particular, the vocabulary, language and communication component of numerical literacy. Please note that this suite of “Keywords of Numeracy” is not exhaustive and teachers may add to and extend the suite as required.

 Keywords of Numeracy



The “Key Definitions in Numeracy” resource book has been planned and developed to support the teaching and learning of numeracy and numerical literacy in JCSP schools. Concise and student-friendly definitions of key concepts, processes and terminology of numeracy are provided in this resource book. An additional suite of key measurement formulae is also provided.

 Key Definitions in Numeracy


Tips for Teachers by Teachers


This is a resource that has been compiled to highlight practical ideas and strategies with enhancing numeracy capacity in schools throughout the country. The ideas have been sourced from practicing teachers. Click here to download a PDF of the book.