Number and algebra

Number encompasses the development of number sense and confidence and competence in using mental, written and calculator techniques for solving problems.

These teaching strategies link to the progression of 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.

In the primary curriculum, formal written algorithms are introduced after students have gained a firm understanding of basic concepts including place value, and have developed mental strategies for computing with two-digit and three-digit numbers.

In the secondary curriculum, students will continue to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in mental and written computation and numerical reasoning.

Patterns and algebra was incorporated into the primary curriculum to demonstrate the importance of early number learning in the development of algebraic thinking.

In the primary curriculum the emphasis is on number patterns and number relationships leading to an investigation of the way that one quantity changes relative to another.

In the secondary curriculum students will continue to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in patterning, generalisation and algebraic reasoning.

Teaching strategies include a range of engaging interactive activities for Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 to support the development of skills. Teachers may adapt many of these resources to suit specific needs.

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