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:
- 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.
- Noarlunga Cluster Unit Outline and Teaching Notes - the resource book developed by the Cluster and which includes:
- units of learning
- an introduction to Accelerated Literacy
- ACM curriculum mapping
- 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.
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”?
These Make it Count Cluster Findings have been aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching. Many of the findings derive from Significant Episodes for educators. Find out about the cluster's intentions and the important stories its educators - their Signficant Episodes - that impacted their teaching.
Units of learning
These units of learning have been designed by teachers. They give insights into creative and innovative ways of teaching mathematics that engages Indigenous (and non-Indigenous) learners.
These stories – from the clusters, from educators, Aboriginal students, leaders and parents – tell their journeys, their challenges, their successes and will other inspire educators. They will help you think about your own experiences in the classroom, school and community and inform your teaching.