Literacy and numeracy are a popular topic. At ABA we continually monitor our resources to ensure they contain the relevant literacy and numeracy required at each year level. Literacy is the ability to read, write and use language effectively. Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. As students progress through their schooling, they are constantly building on their previous years’ knowledge (such as new words, terms and processes). When students start high school, they are all entering at various levels of ability.
At Years 9 and 10, the literacy and numeracy levels and content can vary to some extent but the guideline for a resource must always focus on the learning that needs to occur. The work covered in these first two years of secondary school provide the basic building blocks which NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 depend on.
In Years 11, 12 and 13 (NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3), the literacy and numeracy levels are prescribed by the curriculum, which outlines what students need to know to pass their exams (Achievement Standards are the formal assessment tool).
Teachers are the experts in all areas of classroom practice and are aware of the varying ability of the students in their classes. They are the ones with the expertise to extend the high ability students and support the lower ability students. Teachers have the ability to gauge the literacy and numeracy levels of their students and adapt resource materials to meet the needs of those students.
ABA’s resources are designed to supplement and enhance the great programmes that are already occurring in New Zealand schools. Our resources are continually evolving and we rely on subject matter experts and teacher input to ensure they are hitting the mark.
Suggestions on ways to enhance our resources are welcomed and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.