# Numeracy

NUMERACY

Foundation – Year 2 Numeracy develops a sense of number, order, sequence, pattern and position, using the students’ environment. It introduces mathematical symbols and language to communicate and explain mathematical ideas; it presents simple strategies to pose basic mathematical questions and to investigate and solve simple, concrete problems.

Grade 3-6 Numeracy continues to progress the development of specific mathematical skills and knowledge, and uses these skills in learning across the curriculum to both enrich the study of other learning areas and contribute to the development of broader and deeper numeracy skills. The development of Information and Communication Technology Capability is more apparent across the curriculum at this level.

The sound understanding of Basic Facts mental strategies is an integral part of teaching Numeracy at KDPS. This strengthens the development of a students’ mental computation ability. We have a whole school approach which is essential to developing these and tracking milestones.

We promote mathematical learning by using

Fluency at KDPS we have daily fluency activities so that students can work on their efficiency, accuracy and flexibility with mathematics.

Efficiency  this implies that children do not get bogged down in too many steps or lose track of the logic of the strategy. An efficient strategy is one that the student can carry out easily, keeping track of sub-problems and making use of intermediate results to solve the problem.

Accuracy depends on several aspects of the problem-solving process, among them careful recording, knowledge of number facts and other important number relationships, and double-checking results.

Flexibility requires the knowledge of more than one approach to solving a particular kind of problem, such as two-digit multiplication. Students need to be flexible in order to choose an appropriate strategy for the numbers involved, and also be able to use one method to solve a problem and another method to check the results.

Games this gives students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts.

Problem Solving where learning is enhanced when students work on problems that they don’t yet know how to solve, and these problems are supported by the teacher. Teachers pose problems that students don’t yet know how to solve, and support them in coming to find solutions, encouraging and affirming persistence when they see it.