Numeracy

At Chilwell Primary School we believe the teacher, the classroom environment and lesson design are the key to engagement in Numeracy and the development of Numeracy understandings.

Mathematics/Numeracy: What is the difference?

What is Math: Knowledge of mathematical concepts and procedures.

What is Numeracy: To be able to use mathematical knowledge in a broad range of activities.

 

Mathematics at Chilwell Primary School and in Victorian Government School

Summary of Mathematics in Victorian Schools
Number and Algabra

  • Odd and Even Numbers
  • Counting/Skip Counting
  • Grouping
  • Simple Calculations
  • Money
  • Fractions
  • Patterns

 

Measurement and Geometry

  • Length/Area/Volume/Capacity/Mass and Time
  • Day and Night
  • Days of Week/Months of the Year
  • Calenders
  • Lines
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Position
  • Maps
  • Flips/Slides and Rotations
  • Symmetry

 

Statistics and Probability

  • Likelihood
  • Collecting and Displaying Simple Data
  • Data analysis

 

 

A full overview of the Mathematics Curriculum can be found at:

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

 

 

Mathematics is taught for a minimum of five hours each week in all classrooms

A Typical Numeracy at Lesson at Chilwell will include:

 

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria – Displayed and shared with children at the beginning of each lesson

 

15 – 20 Minutes

  • Tuning In – Game ,Counting.
  • Modelled or Shared Maths.
  • Whiteboard, Concrete Materials being used.

30 – 35 Minutes

  • Independent Numeracy Tasks.
  • Students Recording
  • Concrete Materials Used.
  • Small Focus Group with Classroom Teacher.
  • Students on Computers, i.e. Mathletics.

5 – 10 Minutes

  • Reflection/sharing the Numeracy learnt and strategies used.

 

ICT and Numeracy

At Chilwell Primary School, Information Communication Technology is used to support classroom programs. Each classroom has a bank of computers and iPads. The grade three to six children are involved in the BringIT2Chilwell initiative.

The use of devices allows the children and classroom teachers the ability to research mathematical content, to record their mathematics in a variety of ways and visit websites that support learning. The use of devises allows the classroom teacher to provide individual feedback to the children and allows the children to share their maths with home and the broader community if appropriate.

SeeSaw, Google Drive and Showbee are some of the apps that support presenting and sharing of student achievement.

At Chilwell Primary School we are committed to using Mathletics. This is funded by the school and the children have access to this program at home and at school. Mathletics allows the teachers to set home and school tasks to suit the learning needs of each student in the classroom in all areas of Numeracy. Live Mathletics is very popular with the children and this section of the program allows the students to develop fluency with number facts.

Mathletics contains a Mathematics Dictionary allowing students, parent and teachers to research definitions and use a consistent language.

 

Websites worth Visiting

 

 

Parent Helpers

At Chilwell we value the contributions that parent helpers make to our school and classroom programs. In Mathematics classroom helpers can assist by supporting students’ learning, helping children use the correct strategies, encouraging children to use concrete materials, assisting with recording and in many more ways.

 

Please see your children’s classroom teacher if you are able to assist as a parent helper in the classroom.

 

Rohan Perrott & Louisa Blamires – Leading Teachers in Numeracy

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