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Numeracy Activities

Who won it?

‘Who won it?’ uses statistics in sport as a means of exploring data analysis. The activity centres on a contest between students to discover the final winner of a fictitious championship in two sports, Australian Rules football and Rugby League. ‘Who won it?’ introduces students to statistics and their practical application outside the classroom.

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‘Catch-an-Idea’ is your chance to catch a maths moment! Whether you’re indoors or outside, looking at patterns or playing sports, in the kitchen or in outer space; maths helps make sense of the world! Students photograph a mathematics moment, caption it and share it (digitally or as a poster around the school). For example, take a photo of someone measuring ingredients, tiling a roof or a football player kicking a goal. Math is everywhere!

To see what others are doing, head over to the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers website

Which way?

‘Which way?’ comprises four spatial activities focusing on directional language. Students are encouraged to think logically, utilising a variety of tools to find their way and to guide others. From the pages of a book, around your classroom to the great outdoors, the choice is yours!

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Thinkers are Winners

‘Thinkers are Winners’ is a series of strategy games designed to focus on the development of logical thought, mathematical reasoning and the ability to explain your thought processes. Play the games to discover the winning strategy and unlock the mystery.

Each activity is provided with options, considerations and key questions, making them adaptable and suitable for Foundation to Year 8.

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2016 NLNW Numeracy Ambassadors

The 2016 NLNW Numeracy Ambassadors are Simon Pampena and Adam Spencer.

Simon is a professional Standup Mathematician, combining maths and comedy to capture the imaginations of students. Simon developed this year’s ‘Who won it?’ activity and last year's ‘Getting the message’ and ‘Trihexaflexagon’ activities.

Adam Spencer

Adam is an Australian comedian, media personality and author. A lifelong numbers nerd, his mathematics books include Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers and Adam Spencer's World of Numbers. He is Sydney University's ambassador for mathematics and science.