Numeracy at Abbotsford Primary School is taught in every classroom for a minimum of five hours a week, half of that time in the language of Chinese and the other half in the language of English. Like our literacy approach, our teaching and learning strategies are researched informed. Each teacher ensures that a clear whole class focus (for example: ‘Multiplying two-digit numbers’) is explicitly taught to all. Students then work on tasks that are designed to extend their individual abilities by undertaking real life open-ended tasks.

A variety of teaching strategies is used to assist each student extend their numeracy skills and strategies, including the use of concrete materials (counters, blocks, number lines), computers and project work. Students are supported through one-to-one conferencing with their teacher, strategy groups with their teacher and by working with their peers. All teachers regularly assess their students and undertake anecdotal observations of each student to develop learning goals for each student.

Students reflect on their learning throughout and at the conclusion of a session. This provides students the opportunity to articulate their learning to their peers, reinforcing the skills and strategies they are developing.