Mathematics

The Mathematics Program @ Morang South PS

   

Philosophy

At Morang South Primary School we believe that Mathematics pervades all aspects of our lives - as citizens, in our homes and in the workplace. It has applications in all human activities, crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries to provide a universal way of problem solving. Competence in Mathematics is integral to successful participation in modern society.

 

To encourage Mathematical learning, children need a positive, supportive and experimental environment where they pursue their natural curiosity and challenge their understandings. At Morang South PS, we:

 

  • Develop confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens.
  • Develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
  • Be able to recognise connections between the areas of Mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate Mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.

 

 

Content Strands

The Content Strands describe what is to be taught and learnt.

 

Number and Algebra -

Students apply number sense and strategies for counting and representing numbers. They explore the properties of numbers. They apply a range of strategies for computation and understand the connections between operations. They recognise and understand patterns.  They recognise equivalence and solve equations and inequalities. They apply their number and algebra skills to conduct investigations, solve problems and communicate their reasoning.

 

 

Measurement and Geometry -

Students develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of size, shape, relative position and movement of two-dimensional figures in the plane and three-dimensional objects in space. They investigate properties and compare and construct figures and objects. They make meaningful measurements of quantities, choosing appropriate metric units of measurement. They build an understanding of the connections between units and calculate derived measures such as area, speed and density.

 

Statistics and Probability -

Students represent, summarise and interpret data and undertake purposeful investigations involving these skills. They assess likelihood and assign probabilities using experimental and theoretical approaches. They develop an increasingly sophisticated ability to critically evaluate chance and data concepts and make reasoned judgments and decisions, as well as building skills to critically evaluate statistical information.

 

 

Proficiency Strands

The proficiency strands describe the actions in which students can engage when learning mathematically.

 

Understanding -

Students build upon their understanding of mathematical concepts by interpreting mathematical information and describing their thinking mathematically. Students do this by connecting related ideas, representing concepts in different ways and identifying similarities and differences.

 

Fluency -

Students develop fluency skills in Mathematics by choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. Students become fluent when they calculate answers efficiently and recognise effective ways of answering questions.

 

Problem Solving -

Students develop the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problems. Students solve problems when they apply their existing strategies to seek solutions and verify that their answers are reasonable.

 

Reasoning -

Students develop logical thought and actions, such as analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying and generalising to help them solve a variety of problems.

 

 

Classroom Practices

  • Mathematics is taken for five hours per week.
  • Children work at their instructional levels. They enjoy success and challenges.
  • Children work from concrete experiences, ie manipulation of ‘hands on’ tangible materials, and develop to abstract concepts.
  • Children’s knowledge is drawn on so that the investigations and concepts are linked to familiar ideas, ie. ‘Real Life Mathematics’ and where possible integrated into other curriculum areas.
  • A variety of classroom learning experiences are provided, ie whole class, focus groups, mixed ability groups. This caters for individual differences, abilities and interests.
  • Share time is a vital part of the program. This provides opportunities for children to communicate their mathematical strategies and learn from each other.
  • Positive encouragement and support is provided to motivate children to further their understandings.
  • Whole school activities are provided to enrich the Mathematics curriculum.
  • A variety of Information and Communication Technologies and devices are  integrated into our Mathematics program to support, challenge and enhance students' mathematical learning experiences.

 

 

Assessment

A variety of assessment tools are used to gain a full understanding of each child’s abilities. They include Mathematics assessment tasks, work samples, anecdotal notes and checklists. All children are involved in the Mathematics Interview which is a one on one interview giving teachers insights into children’s thinking skills and strategies. Assessment enables Morang South Primary School to provide a detailed, interesting and challenging curriculum. It also provides parents with school reports twice a year.

 

 

Extending Mathematics Understanding (EMU)

A Mathematics intervention program, EMU, is provided to selected       students who are deemed vulnerable in their mathematical learning. Small groups of three children are withdrawn for a half hour each day where they participate in focused, intensive, learning experiences designed to accelerate their learning in counting, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Students build confidence and develop        efficient mathematical strategies, which enables them to participate in classroom Mathematics lessons successfully. This program is run by a qualified EMU teacher.

 

 

Mathematics Extension and Enrichment

A Mathematics Extension program is offered to our grade 5/6 students who are high achievers in Mathematics. Students build on their problem solving strategies as well as accelerate their learning of mathematical skills extending to year 7 and 8 curriculum. Students participate in two problem solving competitions each year – Mathematics Challenge and Mathematics Olympiads.

 

 

Parental Participation

Parental participation is highly valued at all levels at Morang South       Primary School. Throughout the year Morang South Primary School      offers families the chance to attend Family Maths Nights.  These nights, often lead by our very own Diana Gevaux - an extremely talented      mathematician and teacher,  are an amazing opportunity for you to learn with your child.  As a family you will play fun maths games which are not only enjoyable but will assist your child with their learning.  Learning through games is a great way to enhance your child's maths knowledge and understanding.  

 

 

 

Priority

Your child’s mathematical learning is a priority at Morang South Primary School. Parents are always welcome to visit and share in their child’s learning experiences.