Starting Points

Starting points are stimuli to prompt discussion on a topic relevant to the Make it count with Indigenous Learners community. Starting Points may include an image or video.

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Numeracy Circles

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The Numeracy Circles process provides a framework for students to be presented with a problem to solve within a familiar context and, by playing different roles, students are involved in digging out and thinking about the mathematics and numeracies in different ways. With their new learning they are encouraged to consider new contexts for applying the newly learned mathematics.

Powerful learners


Powerful learners connect ideas together. They can compare and contrast concepts, and they can transfer learning from one context to another. They can devise their own solutions to problems, and they can explain their thinking to others.

Maths as Storytelling


The Maths as storytelling (MAST) approach utilises Indigenous knowledge of symbols (within, e.g., sport, driving, art and dance) as a starting point for building understanding of arithmetic symbolism in a way that can be easily extended to algebra symbolism. 



The Kit – Mandalany (Man-da-lanj) caters for  Prep - Year 1 developed with Mathematical activities which focus on Indigenous Language,“Jiddabul” the language of the Herberton area.   The garburrun garburru – 6 maui identify the 6 elements within the Kit.