Teaching Number Sense was selected as our focus area for SSE 2018 – 2020.
Why Number Sense?
Number sense is important because it encourages students to think flexibly and promotes confidence with numbers. A strong number sense provides the foundation needed for both simple and complex arithmetic. It refers to a child's fluidity and flexibility with numbers, the sense of what numbers mean and an ability to perform mental mathematics and to look at the world and make comparisons.
SSE 2018 – 2021 Action Plan
Teaching Number Sense Plan
- Counting activities will be explored in all classes for 5 – 15 minutes 3 times per week. (online activities)
- All teachers will facilitate Number Talks with all students two days a week for 10 minutes.
- Ready Set Go Scheme will be followed to develop number sense for Junior and Senior Infants.
- Explicit teaching of Mental Maths Strategies for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division (PDST Mental Maths handbook) will be implemented as outlined below for 1st to 6th classes: (online activities)
5. Explicit teaching of Mental Maths Strategies for multipication and division (PDST Mental Maths handbook) will be implemented as outlined below for 2nd to 6th classes: (online activities)
Skip counting p.23
Doubles 2s, 4s, 8s p.32
Doubling & halving p.42
Repeated addition/subtraction p.25
Rounding & Compensating p.34
Known facts p.34
Using multiples of 10
Partial products p.38/ Partial quotients p.41
Think multiplication p.50
Proportional Adjustment p.47