Numeracy Overview

The 2012 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) teaching strategies make reference to:

  • The K-6 Mathematics Syllabus and the Mathematics Syllabus Years 7-10
  • The National Statements of Learning (SOL)
  • The Quality Teaching Framework (QTF).

The Numeracy Teaching Strategies documents provide teachers with strategies and activities which will assist students to:

  • access the knowledge they need using strategies that are explicit and relevant
  • develop their understanding of concepts
  • transfer the skills they have developed using the strategies in new, contextual and varied situations.

The teaching strategies provided, particularly in Number, link to the progression of strategies that form The Numeracy Continuum, developed by CLIC from The Learning Framework in Number. Strategies such as counting on-and-back, split and jump are vital for students to gain an understanding of place value and to become numerate. Students need to have a flexible view of numbers  and develop a range of efficient mental and written strategies to solve mathematical problems.

The NSW K-6 and Years 7-10 Mathematics syllabuses have a strong emphasis on the working mathematically processes. Students need to develop skills in reasoning, reflecting and communicating their knowledge and understanding. Students need to be able to apply strategies to solve mathematical problems and develop skills in posing their own questions.

The resources are grouped by content strand, stage and syllabus outcome.

An overview is provided for each strand. Quick Links are included in each overview so that teachers can directly access resources for that strand such as

  • Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) resources in the form of downloadable SMART notebook files
  • iPhone/iPad numeracy Apps
  • Similar Questions used in NAPLAN numeracy items since 2008 grouped by year and strand outcomes. Image files of all items relating to a specific outcome in each strand are accessible directly from this table.

Strategies are also provided to cater for student with additional needs. This included ESL students, students with learning difficulties and Aboriginal students.