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# Numeracy Curriculum

Mathematics at Lyndale Greens Primary School is a positive experience, in which our students develop confidence and a sense of achievement from what they learn.

Mathematics influences everyday personal, study and work situations. Learning mathematics involves building upon previous mathematical skills and understandings, making connections between mathematical ideas and generalising to form new ideas. Mathematical learning experiences provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills and understandings and apply these to other strands as well as to everyday life situations.

At Lyndale Greens Primary School, students are provided with opportunities to experience success as mathematicians, through a variety of activities including skills development, solving real life problems, open ended questions, and participating in maths games.

Daily numeracy programs provide all students with the opportunity to access mathematical experiences in order to:

- Develop an understanding of the role mathematics plays in the functioning of our society
- Develop positive attitudes towards mathematics
- Develop mathematical connections and be able to apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes in posing and solving mathematical problems
- Develop confidence in their personal knowledge of mathematics, be confident to apply knowledge, build upon prior knowledge and be able to acquire new knowledge and skills
- Learn to communicate mathematically
- Access appropriate materials to support the development of their mathematical understandings
- Develop thinking skills directed towards explaining, understanding and using mathematical concepts, structures and materials
- Use ICT as a tool to develop and create mathematical skills and understandings

The curriculum aims to:

- Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics
- Enable children to see the relevance of maths in everyday life
- Use concrete materials to help them learn how to solve problems
- Provide skills in interpreting and solving real-life problems
- Develop confidence and independence in all aspects of mathematics

Students will develop a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts and computations in Number, Measurement, Space, Chance & Data and Reasoning Strategies.

Learning mathematics involves the mastery of number, space, measurement, chance & data, reasoning & strategies. In addition to, students experience problem solving and open-ended challenges, which correlates with every day life and lifelong learning skills.

Mathematics is timetabled daily into classes, Teachers plan their curriculum each term using the VCAA domains, so that all students experience the same curriculum, according to their level, to meet their individual needs. Independent outside assessment includes the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy) program at Years 3 and 5, and the University of NSW Maths and Science Competitions.

Mathematics influences everyday personal, study and work situations. Learning mathematics involves building upon previous mathematical skills and understandings, making connections between mathematical ideas and generalising to form new ideas. Mathematical learning experiences provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills and understandings and apply these to other strands as well as to everyday life situations.

At Lyndale Greens Primary School, students are provided with opportunities to experience success as mathematicians, through a variety of activities including skills development, solving real life problems, open ended questions, and participating in maths games.

Daily 1 ½ hour numeracy programs provide all students with the opportunity to access mathematical experiences in order to:

- Develop an understanding of the role mathematics plays in the functioning of our society
- Develop positive attitudes towards mathematics
- Develop mathematical connections and be able to apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes in posing and solving mathematical problems
- Develop confidence in their personal knowledge of mathematics, be confident to apply knowledge, build upon prior knowledge and be able to acquire new knowledge and skills
- Learn to communicate mathematically
- Access appropriate materials to support the development of their mathematical understandings
- Develop thinking skills directed towards explaining, understanding and using mathematical concepts, structures and materials
- Use ICT as a tool to develop and create mathematical skills and understandings

Mathematics is taught each day for a period of 1 ½ hours per day. We follow the **VCAA curriculum** (Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority), The curriculum is broken down into the areas of:

- Number & Algebra
- Measurement & Geometry
- Statistics & Probability

Mathematics is linked to other areas of the curriculum and to the students' everyday lives. At Lyndale Greens Primary School we make Maths practical, where students have an opportunity to learn using a range of learning styles.

Maths lessons follow the structure: whole class, small group and whole class. Explicit instruction is still used, alongside much more active engagement of children working on their own investigations and projects.

The lesson begins with an activity that involves the whole class, it may be a counting activity, a brain sharpening activity, a Maths game, or a short problem to solve. The main part of the session could be a whole class open ended task where students attempt a task that may have a variety of possible answers. Alternatively the middle part of the session is planned so that the students are working at their own point of need. The teacher will be working with a group to model and discuss a Mathematical concept or skill. The other groups in the class may be using Maths equipment, the computers, Maths games. These would be used to practise a skills, to reinforce their knowledge or to investigate something further.

A key to Maths teaching at Lyndale Greens is that we follow a series of problem solving strategies that are modelled to the children. We encourage students to question things and give the students opportunities for paired and group discussions and the sharing of alternative strategies. This helps the students to make connections and build their understanding of how Mathematics is important to their everyday lives. Towards the end of the session students have time to reflect on their learning, share their findings, make conclusions and celebrate.

Our comprehensive numeracy program at Lyndale Greens Primary School incorporates explicit learning experiences that assist students to develop skills in:

- Number – Counting, Place Value, Addition/Subtraction, Multiplication/Division
- Measurement – Length, Mass, Volume, Time
- Space – Mapping, Shapes, Location
- Chance and Data
- Each student is
- These experiences are at the point of need for each student and are linked to ‘real life’ situations. They involve many ‘hands on’ tasks. Students will regularly participate in small group workshops with the teacher. This allows the teacher to provide explicit instruction and to extend each students skills.