• Numeracy Stages?
  • Curriculum Levels?
  • National Standards?
  • Stanines?
  • AsTTle?
  • PAT's

... What does it all mean?


Here are some links to introduce you to some of the Maths terms used in schools today. Please talk to your child's teacher to find out more, and to see where your child fits in.

Number Strategies; Curriculum Levels; and Stages:


Number strategies are the mental strategies that students use to estimate answers and solve problems within the operational domains of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and proportions and ratios.

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Stage 1 One-to-one Counting

Stage 2 Counting from One on Materials

Stage 3 Counting from one by imaging

At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to count a set of objects or form sets of objects to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. They solve problems by counting all the objects.


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Stage 4 Advanced counting

At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to use counting on or counting back to solve simple addition or subtraction problems.



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Stage 5 Early additive

At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to use a limited range of mental strategies to estimate answers and solve addition or subtraction problems. These strategies involve deriving the answer from known basic facts (for example, doubles, fives, and making tens).



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Stage 6 Advanced additive and early multiplicative

At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to choose appropriately from a broad range of advanced mental strategies to estimate answers and solve addition and subtraction problems involving whole numbers (for example, place value positioning, rounding, compensating, and reversibility). They use a combination of known facts and a limited range of mental strategies to derive answers to multiplication and division problems (for example, doubling, rounding, and reversibility).



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Stage 7 Advanced multiplicative

At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to choose appropriately from a broad range of mental strategies to estimate answers and solve multiplication and division problems. These strategies involve partitioning one or more of the factors (for example, place value partitioning, rounding and compensating, and reversibility).



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Stage 8 Advanced proportional


At this stage in the number strategy progression, students are able to use mental strategies to estimate answers and solve problems involving the multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. These strategies involve recognising the effect of number size on the answer, and converting decimals to fractions where appropriate.