At Mount Duneed Regional Primary School our students are provided with access to important and authentic mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives.
Mathematics also has a fundamental role in both enabling and sustaining cultural, social, economic and technological advances and empowering individuals to become critical thinkers and 21st Century learners.
The Victorian Curriculum has Mathematics in the following three domains: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. 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.
Mathematics is included in the timetable for 5 hours each week. This usually consists of a one-hour lesson per day. Lessons cover a variety of learning styles, visual (spatial), aural (auditory-musical), physical (kinaesthetic), verbal (linguistic) and logical (mathematical) and ensures multiple exposures to key concepts. The use of concrete materials is paramount; being used for all students from Foundation to Year 6. There are always links made to show the relationship between mathematics and other curriculum areas.
We foster a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our students through the cycle of ongoing reflective goal setting, collaborative learning, risk-taking, and learning from our mistakes. Student learning is visible and targeted at his/her individual point of need through ongoing assessment, goal setting and feedback opportunities in learning conversations.
We support our Mathematics program with the use of technology to allow for further differentiation and practise of skills. Digital technologies is imbedded in the Mathematics curriculum through pattern making, spatial awareness and problem-solving.
Each year we celebrate Mathematics learning in our school by hosting a themed Family Maths Night where families can enjoy a variety of ‘hands on’ activities similar to classroom learning. Students are able to demonstrate their mathematical thinking and skills to parents or carers, along with examples of a ‘Growth Mindset’.
Each student’s progress is reported to parents and carers against the three mathematical domains each semester to indicate individual growth.