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Every three years, children who are in their first year of
full time school in Australia are assessed by their teachers as part of the
Australian Early Development Census.
When prep teachers complete the Census for their class, they
assess children’s numeracy skills, particularly whether they:
Numeracy skills are part of the larger category of language
and cognitive skills. Numeracy is often referred to as mathematical literacy.
In Australia, the results from the 2012 Census showed that about
one in every four Australian children starts school without the skills they
need to take advantage of everything that school offers. Developing the
knowledge, skills and behaviour that allow children to build their numeracy
skills, and be ready for opportunities at school, happens throughout the early
years of a child’s life.
When you think in terms of ‘mathematical thinking’ there are
lots of diverse opportunities for numeracy development every day:
Make sure that your school is getting involved in National
Literacy and Numeracy Week between 31 August and 6 September. There are lots of
great ways to celebrate learning literacy and numeracy skills.
The Federal Government has a range of resources available to
support the celebration of National Literacy and Numeracy Week.
The ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week is
Simon Pampena, a ‘standup mathematician’. His website, numbercrunch.com.au, has
lots of numeracy resources that are great for school-age children.
The Raising Children Network has articles on numeracy