Students become numerate as they develop the knowledge and skills to use mathematics confidently across other learning areas at school and in their everyday lives.
Numeracy encompasses the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that students need to use mathematics in a wide range of situations.
It involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully.
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics aims to ensure that students:
- are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal lives.
- develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes and can pose and solve problems and reason in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.
- recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.
At Trinity Gardens School, we foster positive beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics and utilize high impact teaching strategies to support deep, conceptual learning. We track, monitor, and respond to school and individual data, and implement successful, evidence based instructional practices and numeracy intervention programs to maximise numeracy achievement for all students.
There is a role family can play in supporting and encouraging numeracy learning. This would be to recognise situations around the home that involve numeracy and have children solve them, e.g. measuring ingredients in cooking or building and stacking objects to explore size, shape, direction, number and space.