Turn your child into a maths magician?

Strategy: The Numeracy Project
StayOnTrack worksheets are designed to fit into the numeracy program and strategies used by the New Zealand Maths curriculum. You can have confidence that the worksheets match what is learnt at school but what does the numeracy project really mean?

The idea behind the Numeracy project is simply that the world is changing. Technology is available to everyone to help solve more complex problems but life demands that our children and us have an understanding of concepts and problem solving skills rather than just the ability to follow rules for calculating. As an example it is important to use strategies such as ‘guess and check’ and ‘estimation’ when using a calculator, just to be sure we have tapped in the right numbers and our answer is in the right ball park. This also gives your child the ability to see the problems around them and be able to work through a range of strategies to find that which fits best. This is the reason StayOnTrack uses a large and varied range of activities on all of our worksheets to give greater exposure and practice.

Children are encouraged to learn a range of different ways to solve problems and to choose the most appropriate strategy to find the answer. You may be familiar with certain 'rules' for doing maths such as rote learning your times tables. While these will still work and are important, your child may learn different ways to solve problems. Often these methods involve mental strategies, or working things out in your head, rather than written methods.

The Numeracy Project sits alongside the stages of maths called the Number Framework, to describe children's level of ability and to ensure that the activities they are doing are suitable. StayOnTracks levels equate to these with LEVEL1 taking in stage 1-3 (Counting and one to one counting), LEVEL 2 taking in stages 4 – 5 (Advanced counting and Early additive part-whole) and LEVEL 3 stages 6 – 8 (Advanced additive part-whole, advanced multiplicative part-whole and some advanced proportional). These terms are important and StayOnTrack addresses them in other wisdoms.

This is a list of some of the ways the Numeracy project helps your child work with maths :
  • enjoying working with numbers
  • making sense of numbers - how big they are, how they relate to other numbers, and how they behave
  • solving mathematical problems - whether real life or imaginary
  • calculating in their heads whenever possible, rather than using a calculator or pen and paper
  • showing that they understand maths, using equipment, diagrams and pictures
  • explaining and record the methods they use to work out problems
  • accepting challenges and work at levels that stretch them
  • working with others and by themselves
  • discussing how they tackle mathematical problems - with other students, their teacher and you! .

    A small example of the activities you will see in StayOnTracks worksheets are:

    Level 1

  • Counting 1 to 1 up to 10- Eat up, dot to dot, colour me in.
  • Joining and separating sets – Animal count, missing dots, cross them out
  • Numbers before/after- 100 table, count the dots

    Level 2

  • Guess and check- Get it right, grid times
  • basic fractions- bits of bits, fractions cannon
  • place value partitioning – places please, abacus

    Level 3

  • Rounding and compensating- add ‘em up, Whats left
  • Doubling and halving- Half the trouble
  • Financial literacy- cash up, wordy problems
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