"We use

open-ended and rich tasks".

Mathematics

At Our Lady of the Pines we believe that Mathematics is essential to enable and inspire students to develop knowledge, skills and problem solving strategies to successfully participate in a globalised world. We centre our teaching on an evidence based learning approach, and empower our students to reflect on their learning journey by articulating their mathematical thinking.
 
Victorian Curriculum
The Victorian Curriculum provides the developmental overview of learning outcomes at each year level, which teachers use to plan and sequence learning experiences appropriate for their classes. Over the course of their primary schooling, the students develop essential skills and knowledge in the content strands of:

  • Number and Algebra

  • Measurement and Geometry

  • Statistics and Probability
     

Our Mathematics Program aims to:

  • foster a positive attitude to maths and to develop inquiring minds in our students

  • develop numerate students who see the relevance and interconnectedness of mathematics in their everyday lives

  • a thorough mathematical grounding, in order to build confidence and broaden their knowledge through personalised learning.develop


The Mathematics program implements explicit teaching and focus groups. Students learn in a variety of settings including like-ability and mixed-ability groups, as well as whole-class and individual tasks. Teaching is differentiated to cater for all abilities, believing that every child needs consolidation and challenges. We provide hands-on experiences, concrete materials and the use of digital technology to scaffold and enhance their learning. Risk taking, discussion, thinking and reflection through the use of open-ended and rich tasks is encouraged.  

 

Ongoing assessment includes pre and post testing, anecdotal records, teacher observation, self and peer reflection.

 

Our  Mathematics Program is supported by:

  • Numeracy Leaders (Junior: F- 2, and Senior: 3 - 6)

  • A trained Number Intervention specialist

  • Learning Support Officers

  • Professional Learning Teams at all levels

  • Learning Consultants - Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools

  • A variety of Mathematical resources are located in a designed shared spaces

  • Learning Framework in Number (LFIN)

  • Sprints - sharp, intensive short intervention

  • Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Talent Quest