Numeracy at Sturt House

“Numeracy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use mathematics in daily life. Children bring new mathematical understandings through engaging in problem solving. It is essential that the mathematical ideas with which young children interact are relevant and meaningful in the context of their current lives… Spatial sense, structure and pattern, number, measurement, data argumentation, connections and exploring the world mathematically are the powerful mathematical ideas children need to become numerate”

Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (p38)

The Early Years Learning Framework definition of numeracy is highly nuanced. The concept of numeracy as a way of thinking about and understanding the world is far different to an understanding of mathematics that focuses on processes, or rules. Of course, both understandings have their place, but in early childhood the focus is certainly on numeracy as a tool for understanding and engagement.

When we consider the EYLF’s broad definition, we can see how many of the experiences that we take for granted in early childhood education are fundamental to developing numeracy. Things like sorting, counting and pattern making are practices that encourage children to understand their world numerically.

Below are some images of the work children in Sturt House have been undertaking recently.

Some of the numeracy skills and concepts children have been developing include:

  • Exploring order and number using number cards
  • Experimenting with transformation and tessellation using puzzles and loose parts
  • Representing quantity and number in a variety of ways
  • Gathering, organising and reading data while using the weather chart
  • Investigating the different ways to tell time and how a clock looks

The Early Years Learning Framework is designed to dovetail into the Australian Curriculum. This means that providing numeracy experiences that reflect the EYLF definition of numeracy provides children with a strong foundation for their first year of formal schooling.

Numeracy at Sturt House

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