The National Numeracy Strategy began as the National Numeracy Project in 1996, led by a Numeracy Task Force in the United Kingdom. In 1997, the project began to produce plans for a framework for the teaching of mathematics in primary schools, leading to the non-statutory introduction of the 'numeracy hour' in all schools in 1998. The strategy included a clear term-by-term outline of expected teaching in mathematics for all pupils from Reception to Year 6.
In 2003, the strategy, including the framework for teaching, was absorbed into the broader Primary National Strategy. The framework for teaching was updated in 2006.
The National Strategies will no longer exist after the end of March 2011, and although many of the resources and materials will be hosted online in a new location, users of the site are being encouraged to download anything of specific interest or use.
On the DfE National Strategies site,
'you will find a wealth of supportive programmes, resources and information to help you enrich the experience of children from every ability and age range, as well as leadership, inclusion and CPD materials'
Mathematics specific materials can be accessed through the links below;
Early Years Foundation Stage
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy materials and guidance
General mathematics subject area
Mathematics framework detail for all primary year groups
Year group-specific guidance;
Mathematics resource library
Assessment of mathematics, including Assessing Pupil Progress (APP)