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2014 School Priorities

18/03/2014

Each newsletter this year has outlined an aspect of our school priorities (Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Number Facts. Explicit Instruction & Responsible Behaviour Plan) Thus far we have elaborated on the Reading & Spelling priorities. This newsletter provides some more detail about our focus on improving student's Number Fact knowledge.

  • An essential component of students’ numeracy skills is the ability to accurately and quickly recall basic number facts.

  • Our school has adopted a whole school approach to the teaching and learning of number fact strategies which facilitate number fact mastery.

  • Addition & Subtraction strategies include … Zero  Facts, Count Ons, Doubles, Near Doubles, Near Tens, Remaining Facts.

  • Multiplication & Division strategies include … Zero Facts, x1, Doubles, x 5, x 10, Squares, x 9, Remaining  x 3, x 4, x 6, x 7 and x8 facts.

  • The importance of ‘turn arounds’ (eg. 6 + 7 = 7+ 6) and ‘fact families’ (eg. 6 + 7 ; 7+ 6; 13 - 6; 13 -7)are emphasised so as to reduce the learning demand of this work.