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Review of numerical reasoning teaching resources

The aim of this report is to identify a shortlist of materials that meet the definition of numerical reasoning as given in the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
Review of numerical reasoning teaching resources

In May 2013, learners across Wales sat the first new statutory reading and numeracy procedural tests for Years 2 to 9. In May 2014 numerical reasoning was included in the statutory numeracy tests for the first time. Development work on the reasoning materials indicated that learners perform less well than expected on this aspect of numeracy and pilot test results indicated that further support is required to support the teaching and learning of numerical reasoning.

The aim of this report is to identify a shortlist of materials that meet the definition of numerical reasoning as given in the Literacy and Numeracy Framework as well as a defined set of criteria for the teaching and learning of reasoning. Numerical reasoning, in this context, is defined as the ability to apply known procedural numerical skills and reasoning in order to solve problems.

Twenty-five teaching resources were identified for review based on the relevance of their target age group, subject specificity and inclusion of teacher guidance. Only those resources which relate to the Welsh Government definition of numerical reasoning were included in the review. However, resources that covered both reasoning and procedural skills were included in the review, although only parts of these resources may be relevant for supporting the development of reasoning skills specifically.

This review covers many, but not necessarily all, of the resources available.

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