Links to the other learning areas

Learning in mathematics involves the use of knowledge and skills learnt in other areas, particularly in English, science and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Australian National Numeracy Review Report (2008) identified numeracy as requiring an across-the-school commitment, including mathematical, strategic and contextual aspects. This across-the-school commitment can be managed by including specific references to other curriculum areas in the Mathematics curriculum, and the identification of key numeracy capacities in the descriptions of other curriculum areas being developed. For example, the following are some of the numeracy perspectives that could be relevant to English, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.


One aspect of the link with English and literacy is that, along with other elements of study, numeracy can be understood and acquired only within the context of the social, cultural, political, economic and historical practices to which it is integral. Students need to be able to draw on quantitative and spatial information to derive meaning from certain types of texts encountered in the subject of English.


Practical work and problem solving across all the sciences require the capacity to organise and represent data in a range of forms; plot, interpret and extrapolate graphs; estimate and solve ratio problems; use formulas flexibly in a range of situations; perform unit conversions; and use and interpret rates including concentrations, sampling, scientific notation, and significant figures.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning in Humanities and Social Sciences includes interpreting and representing large numbers and a range of data such as those associated with population statistics and growth, financial data, figures for exports and imports, immigration statistics, mortality rates, war enlistments and casualty figures; chance events, correlation and causation; imagining timelines and time frames to reconcile related events; and the perception and spatial visualisation required for geopolitical considerations, such as changes in borders of states and in ecology.