Mathematics

“...Students set goals for their own progress and encourage each other to achieve ... “I am learning, because we are learning ……”

At Holy Spirit our mathematics curriculum provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will use in both their personal lives and for work. Learning in mathematics during the primary school years will form the basis for further study and life-long learning. 

 

Students set goals for their own progress and encourage each other to achieve ... “I am learning, because we are learning

 

The Mathematics curriculum includes three strands:
 

  • Number and Algebra 

  • Measurement and Geometry

  • Statistics and Probability 

 

Holy Spirit School is currently participating in two significant research-based strategies that have been informing and directing the learning in mathematics in positive ways, regarding teaching and student learning outcomes. The strategies have targeted the following year levels  and areas of mathematics:

Prep -Year 3: Pattern and Structure in the Early Years                   

Year 4:  Multiplicative Thinking 

 

Learning and Teaching in mathematics is developed through The Proficiencies that operate across all 3 strands and at each year level:

  • Understanding 

  • Fluency

  • Problem Solving 

  • Reasoning 

 

Understanding involves the development of adaptable and transferable knowledge about mathematical concepts and structures, enabling students to describe their thinking and to transfer their knowledge in different applications. 

Fluency refers to the ability of students to draw on factual and conceptual knowledge quickly and to choose the most appropriate procedures for the task.

 

Problem Solving is required to apply mathematical knowledge to determine and plan approaches and strategies to various situations in order to find solutions. 

 

Reasoning Mathematically is the capacity to apply logical, statistical and problematic thinking to take a course of action and to explain drawn conclusions.

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