Numeracy

Mathematics at St Mary’s is a core learning area.  We endeavour to develop lifelong Mathematical thinkers who are able to apply their knowledge of Mathematics to all aspects of their life.  We believe that students learn best when engaged, challenged and supported in their own learning.  We see students as individuals who learn at different rates and have varying levels of understanding.

Our Visible Learning approach is evident in the area of Mathematics, where student assessment is used to allow learning to take place at an individual’s point of need.  We use our Maths Pathways to ‘open up’ the curriculum to learners, provide goals, differentiate learning and track success.  We see taking risks and making mistakes as vital aspects of the learning process.

Students are Pre tested before every unit of work, which allows teachers to plan the learning at the student’s point of need.  Students attend workshops that catered to their learning goal.  Following the conclusion of the unit, students then sit a Post test and along with the teacher, reflect on their learning, and set goals for future learning.  Students’ growth is also monitored through the use of PAT, SINE and NAPLAN testing conducted at various stages of the year.

 

The Maths curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop a positive attitude about Mathematics and allows them to develop confidence and appreciation for maths.
  • See a purpose in their learning and can apply it to real life situations.
  • Are aware of what they know, what they need to know next, and how to get there.
  • Develop the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning.

The Mathematics program at St Mary's is supported by:

  • Daily Maths programs
  • Mathematics leader
  • Maths Intervention and Maths Extension groups
  • Professional learning teams for all levels
  • Contemporary learning materials and tools
  • Access to Mathletics

 

Maths intervention:

Maths Intervention is an intervention program for students who require additional support in Maths. Children who begin Year 1 below the expected level in Maths have the opportunity for small group intensive Maths assistance.