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West Exe School has engineered a wide and varied curriculum. However, underpinning its diversity is a bedrock of numeracy and literacy. A summary of the ways in which numeracy and literacy are supported in every subject of the curriculum is outlined in the two sections below. Mrs Fossey and Mrs Jacobs (Heads of English and Maths respectively) would both be very interested in any contributions from staff, students or the wider community as to how numeracy and literacy is incorporated into the curriculum.

Numeracy at West Exe School

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms: it’s about understanding”

At West Exe School the approach to whole school numeracy will:

  • Promote the application of mathematics and problems solving in all subject areas
  • Begin each mathematics lesson with a numeracy task at KS3
  • Raise the profile of mathematics across the school
  • Raise the aspirations of all our students
  • Ensure there is a common language of numeracy where key concept are taught across the whole curriculum
  • Ensure there is a consistent approach to the teaching of particular numerical concepts across the curriculum including
    • Adding and subtracting fractions
    • Plotting graphs
    • Solving equations
    • Rearranging formula
    • Calculating gradients
    • Isometric drawing
    • Volume of a prism
    • Illustrating data

This will be achieved through:

  • A willingness by all staff to share their schemes of work with the mathematics department
  • All staff should seek clarity if they are required to teach an area of mathematics they are unfamiliar with
  • All staff and parents as role models, talking positively about mathematics and numeracy


We will endeavour to provide our students with the opportunity to engage with numeracy in extracurricular and community events. To include, but not limited to:

  • The UKMT Maths Challenge
  • The Primary Maths challenge
  • The school will provide students with opportunities to engage with STEM ambassadors
  • There will be opportunities throughout the year for different year groups to attend mathematics masterclasses at Plymouth University and Exeter Maths School (EMS).
Literacy at West Exe School

At West Exe School, we have a whole school approach to literacy that promotes reading and literacy in all subject areas. We ensure that there is a common language of literacy where key grammatical concepts are taught across the curriculum in order to support students’ knowledge of how to write accurately, creatively and academically.

Our staff explicitly teach literacy in all their schemes of learning, including specific vocabulary instruction. All pieces of extended writing are marked for spelling (sp), punctuation (p) paragraphs (//) and capital letters (c ) with the same marking codes being used across all subjects. In lessons, students are encouraged to answer verbal questions in full sentences to help develop their oracy and reasoning skills.

All staff promote active reading through Accelerated Reader and tutor time reading slots and intervention is offered to students who are below age-related expectations in reading through our Lexia program.

Outside of curriculum time, we provide our students with the opportunity to engage with literacy in a range of extracurricular and community events, including theatre visits, writing competitions, visiting authors, debating, rehearsed public speaking and recitals.

We believe that, ‘With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see,’ and thus we invest everything we can to developing the literacy of the children in our care. We encourage you, at home, to do the same.