Numeracy

At Tallangatta Primary School, we recognise the fundamental importance of mathematics in the real world. We strive to equip students with the mathematical skills, language and knowledge they need to deal confidently and competently with daily life.

At Tallangatta Primary School we aim to ensure that students

  • Come to appreciate that mathematics is a subject that everyone can succeed in. Students ‘participate to progress’ and by doing so, are reminded constantly that they and others believe they CAN learn and SUCCEED.
  • Are confident, creative users of mathematics who can explain their thinking using a variety of methods including making models, drawing pictures, telling stories and using formal mathematical symbols.
  • Work like a mathematicians – they are actively interested in solving problems and can draw on a range of different strategies to tackle the problem. They explore the problem and its possibilities rather than becoming fixated on ‘the answer’.
  • Develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with a variety of processes both written and mental. They can pose and solve problems and reason within each of the AusVELS areas in mathematics: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
  • Recognise and make connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines. This means reflecting thoughtfully on their learning. Learning goals are made explicit to students so they have a degree of ownership over their mathematical development.

Implementation Strategies

  • Five hours a week will be allocated to teaching mathematics. This time is used to develop increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills.
  • The AusVELS mathematical curriculum will form the basis for the planning and implementation of classroom programs in Mathematics.
  • Additional support will be provided for every student at their area of need through the implementation of the number fluency program. This will occur at least four times a week for a minimum of 15mins.
  • Ongoing monitoring of skills and knowledge will be used as the basis for targeted teaching.
  • Explicit focused teaching will occur through the use a variety of teaching approaches including modelled, shared, guided and independent mathematics.
  • Numeracy concepts will be introduced, developed and extended through the appropriate use of concrete materials and information technology. We have made the Mathletics program available to students both in class and at home.
  • Planning will cater for a variety of learning styles.
  • Assessment is ongoing and will play a crucial role in planning so individual needs are met. A range of assessment tools, both formal and informal, will be used to determine student skills and areas of need.
  • Targets will be set for all students and individual learning plans will be sent home with every student at least once a term.