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NUMERACY

This page provides both our students and parents with useful information and resources to allow students and parents to work together to assist students in reaching their numeracy goals.

 

Numeracy learning in schools is now based on the Numeracy Framework.  Below is information from the New Zealand Maths website ( http://nzmaths.co.nz/ ) that explains this framework.  As parents it is important that you understand the framework.  It is no doubt quite different to how maths was learnt when parents went through school.   You can also use the activities that support your child's learning from the NZ Maths website ( http://nzmaths.co.nz/activities-support-your-child ).

 

What is the Number Framework?

The Number Framework is intended to help teachers, parents and students understand the stages of learning of number knowledge and understanding.

There are two sections to the Number Framework. The Strategy section describes the processes students use to solve problems involving numbers - how they work things out. The Knowledge section describes the key items about number that children know and can recall quickly.

The two sections are linked, with children requiring knowledge to improve their strategies, and using strategies to develop new knowledge.

 

The Strategy Section

The Strategy section of the Number Framework describes a series of stages that children progress through as they develop their understanding of a range of strategies for solving number problems. There are eight stages altogether, with the first three often grouped together:

Stage 0-3: Counting from One - children can solve problems by counting from one, either using materials or in their head.

Stage 4: Advanced Counting - children can solve problems by counting in ones, or by skip counting, starting from numbers other than one.

Stage 5: Early Additive - children can solve simple problems by splitting up and adding together the numbers in their head.

Stage 6: Advanced Additive - children use a range of different methods to solve more challenging problems in their head.

Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative - children use a range of different methods to solve multiplication and division problems in their head.

Stage 8: Advanced Proportional - children can solve complicated problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages using a combination of methods.

 

The Knowledge Section

The Knowledge section is usually broken down into five areas, referred to as 'domains': Numeral Identification, Number Sequence and Order, Grouping/Place Value, Basic Facts, and Written Recording. We have provided a collection of suggested activities that parents and families can use, grouped under three domains:

Number Identification and Order - activities to help children learn to read numbers and know the order of numbers.

Place Value - activities to help children learn how 10s, 100s, 1000s, tenths, hundredths, thousandths etc are used.

Number Facts - activities that will help children learn their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

The activities in each domain are grouped by the stage of development they are most suitable for. To choose the appropriate stage, either use the brief descriptions under the Strategy Section above, ask your child's teacher, or choose a range of activities to see which are suitable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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