Numeracy @ Chilwell PS
At Chilwell Primary School, we aim to develop confident Mathematicians who are able to problem solve, think critically and creatively, make connections between ideas and to explain their mathematical thinking.
We believe the teacher, the classroom environment, lesson design and home/school relationships are the key to developing numerate children that eagerly engage in mathematical thinking and problem solving.
Mathematics and Numeracy: What’s the difference?
Mathematics: Knowledge of Mathematical concepts and procedures.
Numeracy: Is the ability to use mathematical knowledge in a broad range of activities, to apply the conceptual understandings.
When children apply Mathematical and Numerical knowledge they are able to identify a problem to solve and apply their skills to accurately and efficiently solve it.
Numeacy at Chilwell:
Number and Algabra
Measurement and Geometry
Statistics and Probability
A full overview of the Mathematics Curriculum can be found here
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
- Counting Game ,
- Modelled Shared Maths or Guided Maths.
30 – 35 Minutes – Independent Numeracy Tasks.
- Exploring and Investigation.
- Students Recording
- Concrete Materials to build picture.
- Small Focus Group with Classroom Teacher.
- Students on Computers / iPads to show their learning.
5 – 10 Minutes – About the concepts learnt, strategies and investigations.
- 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 2 to 6 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 devices 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 Showbie 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.
Click Here to Download the Chilwell Numeracy Instructional Model
Websites Worth Visiting
- Jenny Eather Maths Dictionary
- Online Math Dictionaries
- Wikipedia – has definition and history about key mathematical concepts
- Youtube – has lessons about many concepts
- Google Maps
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.
Louisa Blamires – Learning Specialist (Numeracy)