Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives.
Number, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability are common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday personal, study and work situations. Equally important are the essential roles that algebra, functions and relations, logic, mathematical structure and working mathematically.
The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
The Victorian Curriculum aims to ensure that students:
At Streeton Primary School, we believe that Mathematics provides a way of explaining and analysing the world around us. During the primary years, we aim to provide students with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts while developing fluency applying basic skills in a range of situations, including problem solving tasks. Our teachers try to nurture an appreciation of the role of mathematics in driving technological change and the role it has in daily life. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills as lifelong learners. Mathematics is covered every day for a minimum of 1 hour (5 hours per week).
At Streeton Primary School we use a formal whole/part/whole structure for each lesson. We also use data to inform learning and teaching plans to assist in the development of differentiated learning challenges for all students. We use a selection of highly regarded Mathematics resources including the Early Years Model for Foundation to Year 4, Nelson, Essential Assessment and Targeting Mathematics as well as providing explorations and hands on activities to teach our Mathematics curriculum. Within our classes every student will have access to quality teacher time to ensure ongoing learning and progression is occurring in the key area of Mathematics. Immediate one to one, or small group assistance is given to students, targeting areas of concern. Students are taught within their optimal learning zone and given frequent opportunities to revise and consolidate their skills.
Our mathematical teaching approach is on a continuum and therefore caters for every child. Here are some ways in which you can help encourage and support your child at home: