Mathematics

 
 

The following areas form the school’s program:

Number and Algebra - counting, place value, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, money and mental strategies (to develop automatic recall of number facts and times tables)

Measurement and Geometry – length, mass, time, temperature, area, volume, capacity, angles, shape and location

Statistics and Probability – chance and data

 

Classroom Practices

Our classroom practices provide us with opportunities to develop and extend mathematics understandings. They are in keeping with the Early Years Numeracy Programs and strategies.

Mathematics is implemented daily with the equivalent of two sessions per week being allocated to Measurement and Geometry & Statistics and Probability using appropriate materials.

Mathematics lessons being with a whole class focus then students independently solve problems differentiated to their point of need while the teachers works with a teaching group. Lessons conclude with a sharing of student's learning.

Students work at a level that both challenges them and at which they can be successful. They are exposed to real life/realistic problem-solving situations to extend their abilities. 

Teachers undertake relevant professional learning to be updated about current research practices and teaching approaches.

resources

At all times a range of resources are available for "hands" on activities. This equipment includes counting cubes, attribute blocks, calculators, clocks, rulers, bead frames and technologies incorporating laptops, iPads and relevant software programs and apps.

Each classroom is supported by an extensive kit of appropriate resources.


Assessment

Assessment may take many forms and may include teacher observations and records, work samples and assessment tasks. It is ongoing and informs teachers about students' progress and their learning needs.

Teachers prepare school reports that are sent home to parents in June and December. Student portfolios that are shared by students and teachers with parents at our Student Learning Conversations provide samples of children's work to demonstrate their achievement.

DET requirements include the participation of Grade 3 and Grade 5 students in NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy & Numeracy). Results are provided to our parents toward the end of term three and/or early term four.

Students in Grades 3 - 6 also have the opportunity to take part in ICAS (the International Competition & Assessment for Schools) for both English and Mathematics.

 

Homework

Mathematics, number facts and tables form part of homework requirements that each child in Grades 3 - 6 is expected to complete.

Mathletics – is a web-based maths program that can be accessed by the children and families at home. Students are able to use their individual password to access the program and involve themselves in competitions and games with other students from around the world. Many grade levels also incorporate this into their weekly homework requirements with tasks set by the teacher. Mathletics provides an opportunity for the whole family to be involved in maths learning.