Mathematics and Numeracy
Mernda Primary School encourages students to become numerate through developing skills, concepts and processes. They develop the knowledge and skills to use mathematics confidently across other learning areas at school and in their daily lives. Numeracy encompasses the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that students need to use mathematics in a wide range of situations. It involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully. Staff use the Victorian Curriculum to plan and implement programs that are differentiated and cater for the student’s individual needs.
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 curriculum is organised into three strands, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Each strand is organised by sub-¬strands. Sub-strands group content descriptions under an appropriate concept, to provide both a focus and a clear sequence for the development of related concepts and skills within strands and across levels.
All students undertake a minimum of 5 hours of numeracy instruction per week (3 x Number & Algebra and 2 x Measurement & Geometry or Statistics and Probability). The lessons follow a whole, part, whole structure encompassing a fluency task, lesson launch, differentiated learning tasks and an opportunity to share and reflect on learning. ICT software, Problem Solving and High Order Questions are embedded into the lessons to engage and challenge all students.
Mernda Primary School is extremely well resourced, with a range of student and teacher materials and references. These resources support the planning of engaging lessons that are differentiated to cater for all the students’ needs. Manipulatives and a range of concrete materials are used from Prep- 6, so the students can explore many concepts with hands on and visual experiences.
ICT Numeracy Resources
Mernda Primary School uses a range of ICT Numeracy Resources to support classroom teaching and learning programs.
Some of the programs that are accessed on our wireless network include:
- Cool Maths
In addition to these, a range of books and activities can be accessed on netbooks, laptops and IWBs.
At Mernda Primary School we closely track each child’s progress in Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics and Probability. We use a range of assessment tools eg:
- On Demand Testing
- Essential Numeracy Assessments
- Maths Online Interview
- Pre/Post Tests (assessment ‘for’ and ‘of’ learning)
Assessment also includes teacher observation, anecdotal notes and teachers moderating samples of work. Students participate in ‘pre’ test to inform teaching and ‘post’ tests to assist with tracking student growth and identifying any misconceptions. Mernda Primary School follows a whole school Assessment Schedule, which outlines assessment tasks that students are expected to complete each term. These tasks are linked to benchmarks, which help to ensure that students are given appropriate Victorian Curriculum levels on their report.
School leaders assist and track the whole school and cohort data and provide this information to teachers to assist with their planning and ongoing assessment.
Home and School Partnership
A positive partnership between home and school is strongly emphasised. Families are encourage to participate in number fluency games and share and discuss real life situations where student’s mathematical thinking and problem solving can be applied. We encourage positive and enjoyable activities to consolidate student’s skills and understandings.
At Mernda Primary School we are extremely proud of the numeracy provided. It caters for all individual needs, including those requiring support or extension. We offer enrichment opportunities for students outside the classroom and are very pleased with our achievements. We are committed to supporting our staff with best practice and ongoing professional learning.