At Burrendah Primary School, the aim of our mathematics program is to ensure that all students are confident, capable and creative users of mathematics. The curriculum focuses on developing mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. This is achieved through teaching and learning in the three content strands; Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
In order to make sure this learning is maximised, we allow for all year groups to have dedicated numeracy blocks in which the number strand is taught. Our staff work collaboratively within and across learning teams to allow for consistency in the planning, teaching, assessing and reporting of mathematics. Students are given the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences with concrete materials before moving on to the abstract form. A typical mathematics lesson takes the following structure:
- A warm-up to strengthen mental computation skills and build fluency
- A revision of the mathematical literacy that will allow students to successfully engage in the concepts
- A modeled, explicit teaching session to build student’s understanding
- Individual or group activities to allow students to apply their knowledge and to practice their skills
- A reflection session that ties together the learning and allows students to share, review and assess their learning