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National Literacy and Numeracy Week is a celebration of the work that Australian schools are doing to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students. Numeracy skills are fundamental not only for individuals, but for Australia’s future workforce.
Developing numeracy skills starts well before primary school. Numeracy skills enable children to check whether they have enough money to buy that new toy; consider if the amount of flour needed for a recipe will fit in the bowl they picked out; create a drawing or painting that uses shapes
and patterns, and so much more. Children will use their numeracy skills all the time, throughout their lives, often without thinking twice.
the early years of children’s lives, teachers, early childhood educators and
parents support children to develop the sorts of knowledge, skills and
behaviour they need. Among these skills is numeracy, which children will need
In the years before school, children develop their numeracy skills and are encouraged to extend their mathematical thinking. Educators, teachers and parents can ask questions like:
Once children start school, the mathematical thinking skills that they’ve developed before school will form the foundation for more formal maths learning.
When you think in terms of ‘mathematical thinking’ there are lots of diverse opportunities for numeracy development every day:
The Federal Government has a
range of resources available to support the celebration of National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which runs from 31 August to 6 September in 2015.
The ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week is Simon Pampena, a ‘standup mathematician’. His website,
numbercrunch.com.au, has lots of numeracy resources, particularly ones that are suitable for school-age children.
Raising Children Network has articles on numeracy development, from babies up.