Increasing student abilities to understand and use number sense concepts and communicate about mathematics are priority areas in numeracy in Seine River School Division. Number sense refers to the student's ability to understand, recall and use math facts and operations in a variety of ways. It also refers to student understanding of what a number means or represents. For example, the number six can be thought of as multiples of two [2+2+2], a half a dozen, three pairs, two groups of three, and in other mathematical and real life ways.

At all grade levels, students should be able to estimate quantities, work with multiples (such as 2s, 5s, 10s, 25s), benchmark numbers (such as 5, 10, 25, ½, 1/3, ¼, 25%), understand greater or lesser numbers and quantities (such as 2 is greater than 1, 3/8 is larger than 3/12), and create and solve problems. Students need to show how the math they are learning is used in real life, as well as how to solve problems in more than one way.

They also need to communicate their mathematical understanding and thinking in writing and with peers, using mathematical vocabulary and explaining their strategies and assumptions. This mathematical communication is important to help students deepen their understanding of mathematics, reflect on their learning progress, and to have accurate communication skills in place when using mathematics to solve more challenging problems or with upper level mathematics.

Resources for parents related to numeracy can be found in Manitoba Education resources My Child in School and Helping Your Child Learn Math

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