The National Numeracy Strategy has placed mathematics high on the educational agenda. The Strategy came about as the result of a body of evidence elicited from research, school inspections and tests which identified a need in the UK to raise standards in Numeracy (The National Numeracy Strategy, 1999, p.2).Numeracy is a life skill. Without basic Numeracy skills our children will be disadvantaged throughout life.’ (David Blunkett: Secretary of State for Education and Employment, March 1999, foreward to the National Numeracy Strategy Document.).The government has funded The National Numeracy Strategy so that schools can work toward government targets for attainment in mathematics. The government’s target was that 75% of eleven year olds would attain at least level 4 in mathematics tests. All schools Are now expected to provide a structured daily mathematics lesson of between 45 minutes and an hour for all pupils of primary school age. Focus areas for teaching include whole class direct teaching, oral work and mental processes in mathematics, all of which should be incorporated into lessons.