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 the 21st Century. 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.

 

Our Mathematics programs 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, and who are able to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to solve problems

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

Implementation

  • Pre and post testing is used for each unit as well as a variety of ongoing assessments.

  • We teach to the specific needs of our students through 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.

  • We differentiate our teaching to cater for all abilities, believing that every child needs consolidation and challenges.

  • We encourage risk taking, discussion, thinking and reflection.

  • We use open-ended and rich tasks, wherever practical.

  • We provide hands on experiences and the use of digital technology to enhance their learning and to make connections to real life.

  • We use concrete materials to scaffold student learning.

  • We affirm students in their acquisition of mathematical skills, acknowledging that a positive attitude is vital.

  • A variety of resources are centrally located in a dedicated Mathematics Room.

 

The Numeracy programs are supported by:

  • Numeracy Leaders (Junior - Foundation to Year 2,  and Senior -Year 3 to 6)

  • A trained Number Intervention specialist

  • Learning Support Officers

  • Professional learning teams at all levels

  • Learning Consultants - from The Catholic Education Office.

 

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

 

Learning Framework in Number (LFIN) and SPRINTS

The Learning Framework in Number (LFIN) Pilot Project commenced in Foundation in 2017, and continues in 2018 for Foundation teachers as well as the Junior (Year 1’s) teachers.  Year 2’s will be involved in 2019.

 

Through the project teachers will:

  • increase their knowledge of pedagogy and content in early number

  • develop capabilities in administering and analyzing assessment schedules to target individual student growth

  • develop capabilities in designing curriculum to improve student learning outcomes.

 

Students are assessed in February, June and November.  This assessment allows teachers to identify student’s point of need.  The project involves the use of SPRINTS, which are explicit focus groups where the teacher uses a variety of strategies and resources to move each child along the Number continuum.

 

Additional Assistance

All students new to our school and those who are considered ‘at risk’ are screened using CEM’s LFIN Assessment Schedules.

 

From 2018 our school has participanted in the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) talent quest.

Our Lady of the Pines

Catholic Primary School