Foundation Numeracy in Context (2006) – LOOK OUT FOR THE UPDATED EDITION – COMING SOON
by Dave Tout and Gary Motteram
Foundation Numeracy in Context describes an approach to teaching mathematics based on applied and contextual learning principles. This means that the teaching and learning of mathematics proceeds from a contextual, task-based and investigative point of view—where the mathematics involved is developed from a modelled situation or practical task. Practical investigations and projects are principle vehicles for student learning in such an approach.
This text is written for teachers and illustrates how the approach works with some sample contexts such as cars and driving, sport, cooking and catering, and draws together mathematics from the areas of number, measurement, space, data and statistics, and algebra.
A workbook around the topic of cars and road safety, this numeracy resource is a great introduction to a range of maths and numeracy topics. It is ideal for a range of young people needing maths that links to real life contexts, and who also want to learn about the costs related to buying, running and driving a car.
Consumer Affairs Victoria has produced a number of FREE resources called Consumer Stuff that have an applied learning focus using real-life scenarios. There are free teacher resources in the areas of Maths, English and Commerce alongside Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth.
Note: If you are a numeracy teacher, don’t just look at the Maths book, look at Commerce, Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth as they have great, real-life based activities.
Foundation Numeracy in Context – UPDATED EDITION COMING SOON
Written by Dave Tout and Gary Motteram, Foundation Numeracy in Context argues the case for teaching maths in context and outlines different options and strategies for teaching maths and numeracy in real life contexts.
The games and activities in this book focus on the development of fundamental maths skills through co-operative group work and the use of hands-on materials, as well as on enjoyment and having fun in order to build confidence and overcome maths anxiety.
These 11 units combine different aspects of road safety with literacy, numeracy and generic skills such as problem solving and working in teams. Each unit contains activity outlines with comprehensive guidance to teachers, worksheets and assessment record proformas. Published by VicRoads, the units are available to download free from https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safetyeducation/secondary-schools/vcal-road-safety-units.
This resource covers 10 essential maths life skills. Each booklet addresses a different numeracy topic and is written in a clear and easy-to understand style. Produced by and available from Aspire Learning Resources.
Rethinking Assessment: Strategies for Holistic Adult Numeracy Assessment
By Beth Marr, Sue Holme and Dave Tout
This resource has been written for those working with adults but is suitable VCAL and middle years numeracy teachers. The focus is on the development of maths skills through co-operative group work and the use of hands-on materials. There is an emphasis on having fun with maths in order to build confidence and overcome maths anxiety. This is a practical and theoretical resource, providing a range of sample assessment tasks and discussions of key assessment issues in numeracy.
VicRoads VCAL Road Safety Units (2006, updated 2011 and 2012)
by Jan Hagston, Dave Tout and Lee Kindler
These 11 units combine different aspects of road safety with literacy, numeracy and generic skills such as problem solving and working in teams. Each unit contains activity outlines with comprehensive guidance to teachers, worksheets and assessment record proformas. Each activity is aligned with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Published by VicRoads, the units are available to download.
Other useful print-based resources
Hands-on Maths in Practice, Thomson, S. & Forster, I. 1997. Melbourne, Pearson Education Australia.
Access to Prevocational Maths, Thomson, S. & Forster, I. 2006, Melbourne, Pearson Education Australia.
Access to Prevocational Maths 2, Thomson, S. & Forster, I. 2007, Melbourne, Pearson Education Australia.
Maths Skills for Living, & Maths Skills for Working, Vize, A. 2005. Putney NSW, Phoenix Education.
Real World Maths – Building skills for diverse learners, Vize, A. 2013, Banksia Publishing, Frankston, Vic
The Language of Maths (Secondary Level), Weber, L. 2003, Queensland, AEE Publishing.
Have a look at the EMPower set of resources available through OLM that focuses on building understanding through contextualised lessons that engage all students in a classroom: http://www.lat-olm.com.au/
Online and CD ROM multimedia resources
Measuring up: an interactive multimedia computer resource for numeracy learners, Tout, D. and & Marr, B. 1997. Melbourne, Protea Textware.
Mathematics at Work, (CD-ROM), Lowe, I. 2001, Adelaide, AAMT. Available from MAV.
People Count: Numeracy for Adults, (CD-ROM), Lowe, I. 2003, Adelaide, AAMT. Available from MAV.
Video Education Australasia have a range of DVDs available, including: ALGEBRA: A Piece of Cake!, Algebraic Notation – Maths as a Foreign Language, Into the Negative Zone! Working with Integers, Let’s Get Straight: Linear Equations and Their Graphs, Life by the Numbers series, Making Sense of Percentages, That’s a Bit Steep.
Websites and downloads
- Algebra Equals – a resource developed for apprentice electricians and those thinking of a career in this field.
- Building Strength with Numeracy – developed by Beth Marr, this resource is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of favourite old numeracy resources such as Strength in Numbers and Breaking the Maths Barrier as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises. The activities and practice sheets span a range of levels and subject areas with some suggestions regarding links and sequencing. Available for download from VALBEC.
- Football rules! – A resource targeted at learners with basic skills. Based around Australian Rules football, it is available for download.
- The word on cars.
- BBC Skillwise – Literacy, numeracy, games, learner’s stories and much more.
- SAFE-T1: This website has a range of information and activities (online and print based) about workplace health and safety. A number of the activities are designed to develop numeracy skills.
- Resources targeted at Indigenous learners – worth looking at (most have literacy activities and some include numeracy too). For example:
- Financial literacy & banking:
- Some good school maths sites with some great ideas and activities:
- Maths 300 – an attempt to capture the 300 most interesting maths lessons from classrooms across Australia and beyond
- nzmaths. – the home of maths education in New Zealand
- youcubed at Stanford University – Jo Boaler’S amazing site with videos, activities and more
- NRICH enriching mathematics – aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.
Workplace numeracy materials
- The WELL Practitioner’s Network resources page. In particular look at these numeracy resources:
- Manufacturing Skills Australia’s foundation skills resources