Literacy and Numeracy in LCVP


Literacy and Numeracy Home Pages


Click here to access the PDST literacy home page


Click here to access the PDST numeracy home page


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. 



Other Literacy Resources





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
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


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 to download the full strategy.

Presentations from Numeracy Link Days







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

Focus group schedule for numeracy 
Click here to download



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




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.