We recognise that Numeracy is an essential skill for all our students in becoming successful learners at school and in life beyond school, and in preparing them for their future roles as family, community and workforce members. More broadly, a numerate population is critical in ensuring the nation’s ongoing prosperity, productivity and workforce participation.
“…people without numeracy skills suffered worse disadvantage in employment than those with poor literacy skills alone” – Bynner and Parsons
Our students become numerate as they develop the knowledge and skills to apply numeracy skills confidently across other learning areas at school and in their lives. This involves students in recognising and understanding the role of Numeracy in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use numerical knowledge and skills purposefully.
Our teachers aim to identify Numeracy demands across the curriculum, to ensure that all our students have opportunities to transfer their mathematical knowledge and skills to contexts outside the mathematics classroom. These opportunities assist students to recognise the interconnected nature of mathematical knowledge, other learning areas and the wider world, and encourage them to use their mathematical skills broadly.
Being numerate involves more than the application of routine procedures within the mathematics classroom. Students need to recognise that mathematics is constantly used outside the mathematics classroom and that numerate people apply general mathematical skills in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations.