Numeracy Ninjas is a numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access National 4 and 5 Maths concepts as they progress through the Broad General Education.
Furthermore, through growth mindsets and the promotion of regular practice, we want to ensure students’ perception of maths is positive and one in which they take pride and enjoyment.
What is Numeracy Ninjas?
It is a project driven by the belief that all students can leave school functionally numerate.
Numeracy Ninjas is a whole-school numeracy intervention run in S1 maths lessons.
In each lesson students complete a 5 minute skills test which includes: 10 questions on mental numeracy calculation strategies, 10 times tables questions and 10 questions on key topics that must be mastered before studying National 4 or 5 Maths.
The tests are marked in class by students who record their Ninja Score out of 30. This corresponds to a particular colour Ninja Belt.
Only a Ninja Score of 30 will earn students the coveted Black Ninja Belt!
Teachers then discuss key mental numeracy strategies related to the questions with the class, before carrying on with their teaching of new learning material.
This little-and-often approach, in combination with a research-informed rota, which systematically plans the revisiting of skills, ensures students’ improved numeracy skills and fluency are retained over time.
Below are links to allow students access to extra practice to try improve on their Ninja Score and Belt.
They are split into the the three main areas:
MENTAL STRATEGIES SKILLS PRACTICE
TIMES TABLES SKILLS PRACTICE
KEY SKILLS PRACTICE