Numeracy

Mathematics at Wantirna Primary School is based on the Victorian Curriculum and as such is organised into three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing students’ increasingly sophisticated and proficiencies in mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem solving.

 


Understanding
refers to students building a robust knowledge of adaptable and transferable mathematical concepts and structures. Students make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to develop new ideas. They are supported to: 

  • connect related ideas
  • represent concepts in different ways
  • identify commonalities and differences between aspects of content
  • describe their thinking mathematically
  • interpret mathematical information

Fluency describes students developing skills in choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately, and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. Students are fluent when they:

  • make reasonable estimates
  • calculate answers efficiently
  • recognise robust ways of answering questions
  • choose appropriate methods and approximations
  • recall definitions and regularly use facts
  • can manipulate expressions and equations to find solutions

Problem solving is the ability of students to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, select and use technological functions and communicate solutions effectively. Students pose and solve problems when they:

  • use mathematics to represent unfamiliar or meaningful situations
  • design investigations and plan their approaches
  • apply their existing strategies to seek solutions
  • verify that their answers are reasonable

Reasoning refers to students developing an increasingly sophisticated capacity for logical, statistical and probabilistic thinking and actions, such as conjecturing, hypothesising, analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying, refuting, abstracting and generalising. Students are reasoning mathematically when they:

  • explain their thinking
  • deduce and justify strategies used and conclusions reached
  • adapt the known to the unknown
  • transfer learning from one context to another
  • prove that something is true or false
  • make inferences about data or the likelihood of events

 

At Wantirna Primary School, our aim is to ensure that the links between the various components of mathematics, as well as the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines, are made clear. Mathematics skills are supported by an open-ended approach whereby students are exposed to a question or posed with a problem where there are multiple solutions.  The use of hands on materials and real-life problems are investigated to ensure students are able to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom. Teachers engage ongoing assessment in order to effectively assist students to consolidate their understanding or be extended as the need arises.