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Mathematics in Indigenous Contexts Years K–2

The materials in this section of the website show the ways in which three schools developed a learning environment that could simultaneously:

  • meet the learning needs of all students in Kindergarten to Year 2 (5–8 year olds)

  • explicitly acknowledge the particular challenges faced by Aboriginal students as they commence their engagement with numeracy in a school environment.

The teaching and learning sequences shown here combined a local contextualised learning environment with an explicit teaching about mathematical language. The schools were committed to developing deep learning partnerships with their Aboriginal parents and community while they trialled a language-driven approach first used with schools in Northern Queensland.

In 2006 some schools on the South Coast of NSW took part in this project. They included the three featured here: Moruya Public School, Nowra Public School and St Michael’s Primary School Nowra. Throughout the program, teachers in each school worked closely with the Office of the Board of Studies, Mathematics consultants from Department of Education and Catholic Education Office (Wollongong Diocese), and Aboriginal education consultants.

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