The focus of our Numeracy Program is on developing people who are numerate; that is young people who understand how numbers work and how they are used as part of life. This aligns with the ideas we hold across the school of the importance of context for students to be able to connect new learning to their experiences of the world.
Direct instruction in key mathematical understandings and skills is required to enable students to be able to solve problems (the context). These key understandings and skills are part of a developmental continuum and recognition of where students are currently placed on this continuum provides structure for what comes next.
This is reflected in the assigned Australian Curriculum Framework for Government Schools, which guides our teaching.