Foundational Mathematics and Numeracy

Foundational Mathematics and Numeracy, provides an introduction to tertiary studies in mathematics (numeracy) for training teachers. This subject aims to develop the Teacher Education Student’s (TES) understanding of working with number concepts and developing an understanding in children for Numeracy development in the early years. This course will equip TES with the knowledge and skills required to work with young children and primary school students into the future. This course will assist students to better understand the difference between mathematics and numeracy, and how these impact teaching and learning. Additionally, this course will cover aspects of programming, differentiation of the early years and primary curriculum, as well as assist in developing quality learning experiences that are aligned with the intellectual quality domain of the Quality Teaching Framework. It particularly focuses on the meaning of numeracy in order to develop a love of learning in mathematics in a really practical setting for students at this age and stage of their development. Finally, this course will support pre-service teachers in developing their confidence in teaching and learning for the mathematics classes they will lead into the future.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU107
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Foundational Mathematics and Numeracy

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify, define and discuss numerical and mathematical concepts; and recognise the value of specific teaching and learning for developing strategies focused on supporting children’s understanding of numeracy, mathematical concepts and skills.
  2. Discuss the application of numeracy in everyday life through developing a series of engaging activities for children to enjoy.
  3. Review the literature and discuss how learning numeracy through practical activities impacts the development of young children (Birth to 8 years of age) as learners for the future.
  4. Explain the importance of combining a rich learning activity with a practical numeracy focus for young children (Birth to 8 years of age) to enhance their numeracy learning.
  5. Outline a personal understanding of the teaching of practical numeracy.

Subject Content

  1. Mathematics and Numeracy
  2. Preparing for teaching numeracy to children. Origins and compliance
  3. Mathematics and the ‘real world’
  4. Mathematics and design
  5. Developing Mathematical thinking and practices in children

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Journal Tasks (20%)
  • Professional e-portfolio (30%)
  • Major Project (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Loop, K.A. (2011) Beyond Numbers – a practical guide to teaching Math Biblically. Christian Perspective: Fairfax VA.