“ A strong sense of number is at the heart of being able to do mathematics ” - Aarnout Brombacher
NumberSense is developed in the early years of schooling.
Having a strong sense of number means:
- Being able to work fluently and flexibly with numbers and number concepts.
- Having a rich understanding of the meaning of number.
- Having a wide range of effective strategies for solving a large variety of number problems.
A strong sense of number is critical if children are to progress toward solving advanced problems and acquiring mathematical understanding and computational skills.
Our work in the field of mathematics education indicates very strongly that many children’s mathematical prospects are limited from an early age quite simply because they do not have a well-developed sense of number.
We have developed the NumberSense Workbook Series to:
- support the development of a strong, robust sense of number from an early age; and
- provide support to those children who have fallen behind and need to catch up.
The development of NumberSense starts with fundamental concepts and understandings in a low number range in the early workbooks. As children progress through the series they are supported and encouraged to develop more sophisticated concepts and understandings in higher number ranges.
The NumberSense and NumberSense + Workbook Series have been developed to provide regular written number activities for children. Children should (if they are working in the correct book) be able to work independently from one page to the next asking for help and guidance as needed.
While teachers (and parents) can use the workbooks in a wide range of different ways, our vision is of classrooms with each child working in the workbook that is best suited to their stage/level of number sense development.
The teacher (and parent) plays an important role in the success of the workbooks. Not only is there a need for teachers to ensure that children are working in the most appropriate workbook, but teachers also need to monitor children’s progress for the early identification of problems, misunderstanding and necessary interventions. Furthermore, it is critical that teachers (and parents) discuss the activities with the children. Asking children to explain their answers; to describe any patterns they may have observed; and inviting them to ask questions all contribute to their development of a strong sense of number.
The NumberSense Workbook Series does not conflict with the mathematics curriculum for schools. NumberSense provides support for the development of the most critical and basic concepts and CAPS content and addresses all aspects of number development; calculation, problem solving, patterning and many aspects of early measurement.