Curriculum - Mathematics

Numeracy                 

Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives. The curriculum also provides students, as life-long learners, with the basis on which further study and research in mathematics and applications in many other fields are built.

 

http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/mathematics/introduction/rationale-and-aims

 

 

 

At Keilor Primary School we strongly believe in developing students who are problem solvers and are fluent in mathematics. Our students are given opportunities to explore numeracy concepts and underlying understandings and make links across all strands through a hands-on and engaging approach to mathematics.

At our school the students will be provided with many opportunities to practise the four mathematical proficiencies – understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning which allows them to respond to a variety of mathematical problems by efficiently selecting appropriate methods.


Number and Algebra

With a strong emphasis on place value, students develop number sense and the ability to work through the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. They are given opportunities to improve mental computations and select efficient and appropriate mental and written strategies to solve real world problems. Students are encouraged to access concrete materials to create tangible representations of numbers and gain a deep understanding of how our number system works.


Measurement and Geometry

Students use a variety of formal and informal units to compare and measure a variety of two and three dimensional shapes and structures in their environment and investigate lines and angles within these structures.

They have many opportunities to participate in engaging and hands on activities using measurement tools to compare and measure the length, mass, capacity, volume and area of objects, using formal and informal units and measurement tools such as trundle wheels, rulers, scales and containers to hypothesise and test their theories. They access mathematical language to explain their findings and justify their conclusions.

Students have many opportunities to gain a deep understanding of Time through formal units, and informal and incidental teaching opportunities. Classrooms display and refer to daily schedules and monthly calendars.

 

Statistics and Probability

Students engage in investigations that allow them to represent, interpret and analyse data in different forms. They take part in conducting and responding to surveys and making predictions around experiments using a variety of mathematical language, fractions and percentages.

Our students enjoy the opportunity to play games and be involved in activities to investigate Chance and Probability. They develop skills to make predictions about the likelihood of outcomes, which assist them in chance related games and making decisions about daily events such as the probability it will rain and how this will impact their daily lives.