New delivery of Aviva Tackling Numbers set to start

Thursday 16 June 2016

Seven more schools to receive rugby based numeracy programme in new term.

Falcons Community Foundation coaches in Cumbria will be helping develop numeracy skills during the current school term, as the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme returns.

Appleby, Crosby Ravensworth, Orton, Warcop, Long Marton, Temple Sowerby and Kirby Stephen primary schools will all take part in five weeks that use an engaging rugby-themed numeracy programme that makes learning about numbers fun, exciting and rewarding.

Aimed at improving numeracy levels amongst more than 38,880 children across England over a three-year period, the programme is delivered in primary schools by all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs. It strives to not only deliver maths in a fun and engaging way, but also prepare young people for their future, where basic financial skills are a necessity.

Over the course of the programme to date, Aviva Tackling Numbers has had a positive impact on children’s’ uptake and enjoyment of PE and their understanding of the importance of numeracy in everyday life.

The Foundation coaches will undertake the delivery of a five-week programme of numeracy using all things rugby to help increase children’s understanding of and confidence in number skills.

They will also run a practical and theory course for teachers to learn the basics of tag rugby, to help kids learn in an exciting and innovative way, while a parents’ assembly and homework club will show how the programme helps children learn and encourage home support.

The course is completed at the end of the five weeks with a rugby festival for all of the schools to attend and enjoy.

Speaking about the programme, Falcons Community Foundation programme coordinator Emily O'Connor said: “The Aviva tackling number’s programme is hugely popular in schools – the teachers are often the first to give praise and one even suggested that after seeing our Cumbrian Development Officer Keith in action during financial numeracy lessons, she would be adapting some of her own lessons to offer a more real life application to mathematics, which is great”

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