At Cranbourne Park Primary School our Mathematics curriculum is aligned to the educational guidelines (Victorian Curriculum). Using Booker et al and Siemon et al as key references, teachers ensure each students’ mathematics needs are met. Teachers meet weekly to discuss the mathematical learning within their classrooms, to explore trends in assessment data and to make decisions with regard to modifications in the learning program to best suit the students’ needs. The emphasis is on building teacher’s mathematical content knowledge in order that students grasp the necessary conceptual understandings and mathematical ideas their teachers present. Developing connections is a high priority and teachers present students with real world examples to further their skills and knowledge. Applying mathematics to the real world allows students to be further engaged and involved in their learning making it relevant and linking abstract mathematical ideas to familiar experiences. We provide students with challenging tasks that stimulate their creative and mathematical problem solving skills. Above all, we make our lessons fun, and use games, puzzles, construction, drawings, computer activities, and other hands-on tasks and materials to illustrate and reinforce essential mathematics concepts and methods.
The use of mathematical vocabulary is of great importance with each class consistently exploring the range of language for each concept explored. All classes utilise a Mathematical Vocabulary document which outlines the key language terms in each sub strand and level of the Victorian curriculum. Cranbourne Park Primary School has recently developed “I can” statements to be utilised in classrooms to involve students in target setting and receiving constructive feedback with regard to their mathematical learning.
The Number and Algebra strand of the Mathematics Domain is the basis for understanding and accessing all strands. Competency in basic number facts, place value, additive and multiplicative thinking are the keys to success at higher levels. Concepts are continuously revisited and revised in our Mathematics program throughout the year. Every day, in every classroom, one hour is dedicated to the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
In their planning teachers utilise:
- Cranbourne Park Primary Annual Planner which identifies topic areas for each year level.
- "I can” statements for target setting and student feedback.
- Pre-tests which address key topic learning statements are developed to identify students’ current knowledge and support point of need.
- Using collected data, students are grouped according to need.
- Individual Education Plans outlining goals based upon student need.
- Teaching and Learning Plans
- Cranbourne Park Primary School Mathematics program document which includes a Mathematics policy, mental maths activities, a vocabulary document and detailed information on the Mathematics curriculum.
In their instruction teachers use a range of strategies including: –
- Direct Instruction
- WALT (Learning intention) and WILF (Success Criteria)
- Activate prior knowledge relevant to learning intentions
- New learning
- Guided practice
- Independent practice
- Reflection on learning success and Plenary
- Post-tests to review skills and knowledge taught and identify new learnings
- Word walls for new and frequently used words relating to topic, application and processes