Numeracy and Learning in Our Schools

almost 2 years ago

Numeracy and literacy are the two pillars of BC’s redesigned curriculum. Numeracy can be defined as the use and application of mathematics across a variety of contexts. Developing numerate citizens is a goal of our education system.

Our K-12 mathematics curriculum focuses on key content strands such as number concepts and operations, patterning and algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability. Our redesigned curriculum has a focus on computational fluency and financial literacy is a new area of curricular content. A very significant part of the curriculum is the mathematical curricular competencies such as reasoning, problem-solving, communicating and representing.

In our schools, mathematical learning experiences may involve hands-on problem-solving or investigations, games to practice skills and concepts, number talks, and mathematical thinking routines. Numeracy experiences, where students use and apply their mathematical understanding, happen across curriculum areas such as when measuring and graphing a plant’s growth during science experiences or analyzing data and graphs around issues studied in Social Studies.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education website:

Janice Novakowski

SD38 Teacher Consultant (K-12 Mathematics)