Numeracy overview

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

The numeracy teaching strategies provide teachers with strategies and activities to assist students:

  • 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, particularly in Number, link to the progression of strategies that form the numeracy continuum. 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 and reflecting, problem solving 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. Strategies are also provided to cater for students with additional needs. This includes EAL/D students, students with learning difficulties and Aboriginal students.

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