Meaning of numeracy hour in English:

numeracy hour


  • A period in school set aside for developing numeracy skills, introduced as a daily requirement in English primary schools in 1999.

    ‘some schools used the literacy and numeracy hours as an excuse to cut PE lessons’
    • ‘Primary schools are being given more freedom to move away from sharply defined literacy and numeracy hours.’
    • ‘The government will be issuing guidelines for all schools to incorporate a numeracy hour into their daily routines.’
    • ‘It is hard to motivate and enthuse children when delivering literacy or numeracy hours.’
    • ‘The literacy and numeracy hour was introduced in every primary school, giving young children newly-focused tuition in the basics.’
    • ‘She said the introduction of the numeracy hour in schools probably meant more times tables were being taught.’