**NZ MATHS Numeracy Project**

*taken and adapted from http://nzmaths.co.nz/numeracy-projects*

At the core of the Numeracy Projects is The Number Framework. The framework has been established to help teachers, parents, and students to understand the requirements of the number knowledge and number strategies sections which aligned with the Common Core progression of building mathematical understanding and competence.

In the two main sections to the framework, the distinction is made between strategy and knowledge.

- The Strategy section describes the mental processes students use to estimate answers and solve operational problems with numbers. The strategy section of the framework consists of a sequence of global stages. Progress through the stages indicates an expansion in knowledge and in the range of strategies that students have available.
- The knowledge section describes the key items of knowledge that students need to learn. It is important that students make progress in both sections of the framework. The application of number knowledge and mental strategies is often described as ‘number sense’. Strongly developed number sense leads to algebraic thinking. The following table describes the key features of each strategy stage of the Number Framework.