Schools work with Shikaya – exciting feedback
As 2015 draws to a close, the Number Sense team looks back over another busy year. One of the highlights has been the Foundation Phase mathematics program that we run in partnership with Shikaya. We have provided training and support to 109 teachers in 12 schools across Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London. The training involves each teacher being visited on average once a week for on-the-job intervention – there she is provided with one-on-one support in her classroom on how to improve her mathematics teaching. Our team has worked hard to provide each teacher with personalized support, and it is so encouraging to see the positive impacts when a teacher embraces the program.
The following letter from the Principal of A.W. Barnes Primary in East London regarding the project.
Thank you once again for the opportunity to share with you some thoughts about the impact of the Number Sense at our school, A.W. Barnes Primary.
It has been many years that we, as a school, struggled to get our mathematics teaching quality at a very good level throughout our school. The major challenge for our teachers has been the large number of learners in our classes. Number Sense was introduced into our school earlier this year by Brombacher and Associates, through the mediation of Shikaya. It has been the best intervention that happened in our school for a number of years. Small group teaching was re-introduced and the benefits were immediately visible. All the learners in the class were kept busy. Whilst the learners were on the mat, the other learners carried on with activities in their books.
Our 14 teachers in the Foundation Phase were all excited about the introduction of Number Sense. A remarkable improvement in the numeracy literacy has been achieved. Learners in Grade 1 have extended their numeracy boundaries. The learners’ ability to solve problem sums has also improved. The Grade 2 and 3 teachers expressed their excitement because at the start of 2016 they can just proceed with the activities in the Number Sense workbooks because our learners now have the ability to work independently.
The improvement in mathematics teaching has led to one of our learners, Gabriel Le Roux (pictured), a grade two learner, being awarded a medal and a certificate for second position in a Mental Maths District Competition in which about three hundred schools, including former Model C schools, participated. This competition was run by the East London District of the Department of Education. Two other learners in grade 3 received awards for reading and Spelling Bee. We believe the confidence that the learners have acquired in mathematics is assisting them with the other learning areas.
I want to congratulate and commend Kholiswa and Kholeka for their professionalism and helpfulness that they display at all times. We look forward to the extension of number sense program in 2016.
Thanking you in anticipation.