Numeracy

At St Therese Primary School our goal is to facilitate students Mathematics learning by developing the Numeracy skills required to encourage deep cognitive thinking. One of our main aims is to develop confident, independent and self directed thinkers and learners when working mathematically.

Our programs cover the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and focus on the strands of Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure and Working Mathematically.

We provide opportunities for students to become engaged in rich and authentic learning experiences that respect and suit their stage of development and are within the context of real life situations. These learning opportunities encourage the children to develop and use efficient strategies to solve problems. They are designed to challenge the existing skills of each individual student and promote the need to analyse and reason when solving problems and to apply these skills to new and challenging Mathematical concepts.

We believe that it is of great importance to have students articulate their thinking, not just their answers. In all areas throughout the school we encourage opportunities for reflective practice within these learning experiences.

Formal assessment occurs at different times throughout the year throughout all levels. The Early Numeracy Assessment is completed in the lower year levels and the Success In Numeracy Education (SINE) assessment is completed in Year 1 to 6. Naplan assessment also occurs each year for Year 3 and 5 students.

Informal/ongoing assessment is incorporated in weekly mathematics sessions which provides valuable information in the planning and future learning of all students throughout the year.

At St Therese, we believe that powerful learning occurs in mathematics when student reflections are shared with peers and relevant questions are asked to challenge thinking. We believe that it is of great importance to have students articulate their thinking, not just their answers. In all areas throughout the school we encourage opportunities for reflective practice within these learning experiences. We strive to promote the enjoyment and wonderment that working in mathematics can provide.

At St Therese the school also integrates an intervention program in the Year 3 to 6 levels that offers many students the possibility to receive extra help and guidance in a small group setting. The program aims to develop confidence in students when working mathematically and to overcome any misconceptions that some students may have when attempting to complete math challenges. The program also offers different students the chance to extend their current understandings and mathematical skills through hands-on, interesting activities that always encourages relevant discussion with peers in small and larger group situations and provides time for each individual to reflect on their own learning. 
 

 

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