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6. Noarlunga


The Noarlunga Cluster's focus question was: can we improve mathematics / numeracy for Aboriginal Primary Years students through using the highly scaffolded pedagogy of Accelerated Literacy and developing a sequence of lesson based on “Big Ideas in Number”?

The Noarlunga Cluster consists of three urban schools in southern Adelaide in South Australia (links go to school sites):

Noarlunga Downs is the Key School in the cluster. Noarlunga Downs has an enrolment of about 170 students with 11% Indigenous. Christies Beach has about 380 students with and Indigenous enrolment of 10% and Huntfield Heights enrolment is about 100 with 15% Indigenous.

For detailed information go to:

  1. View the Whole of site commitment I Cluster story by the two Cluster leaders - Gaynor Steele, Key School Principal, and Marie Wright, Cluster Coordinator -  to find out more.
  2. Noarlunga Cluster Unit Outline and Teaching Notes - the resource book developed by the Cluster and which includes:
  3. The Teach Learn Share site for Scaffolding pedagogy: improving mathematics teaching and learning.

Scaffolding pedagogy without mathematical knowledge had little effect.
It doesn't matter that the teachers understand the importance of
explicit teaching if they don't know what to be explicit about.
It was when the pedagogic knowledge and the mathematical knowledge
were combined that the excitement began.

Bronwyn Parkin, Noarlunga Critical Friend.



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Document Focus Folder 1
Document Cluster findings Folder 1
Document Units of learning Folder 1
Document Inspiring stories Folder 1