Numeracy involves efficiently using mathematical ideas to make sense of the world. This involves understanding mathematical ideas and techniques. It also involves drawing on knowledge of particular contexts and circumstances in deciding when to use mathematics, choosing the mathematics to use and critically evaluating its use. Each individual’s interpretation of the world draws on understanding number, measurement, probability, data and spatial sense, combined with critical mathematical thinking
VELS Level One – Prep
Mathematical learning in Prep builds on the knowledge students have acquired at home. Students are involved in mathematical activities related to real life situations and concepts are taught within real life contexts. Most of these activities involve the use of concrete materials which students can manipulate to support and clarify their understanding. Students are guided to make connections between mathematical concepts.
VELS Level Two – Years 1 and 2
In Years 1 and 2 students continue to build on and expand their knowledge of Mathematics. They develop a better understanding of measurement by using common items and measures such as money, length, time and temperature, in both the classroom and at home. Numbers continue to be a focus and students learn skills such as how to count in 2s, 4s, and 5s, and by 1s, 10s and 100s to 1000. Activities often involve simple multiplication, division and the relationship of these to addition and subtraction.
VELS Level Three – Years 3 and 4
As students move to Years 3 and 4 their development progresses; students are able to work mentally and the need to use concrete materials diminishes. Their use and understanding of mental strategies continues; enabling them to apply the most efficient strategy to solve mathematical problems. Mathematical concepts in these years includes three dimensional shapes, identifying places on maps and diagrams, estimating and measuring using appropriate instruments, comparing likelihood of everyday events, applying mental and written number skills to everyday contexts such as shopping.
(Last update January 20, 2011)