Our daily Numeracy block runs for 1 hour each Monday-Thursday and we integrate Literacy and Numeracy into our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen sessions on Friday.
We always aim to plan rich tasks, which naturally demonstrate the connection of Mathematics to our daily lives. We complement our Mathematics instruction through weekly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sessions, which offer collaborative and engaging learning opportunities for our students.
During the Numeracy block we cover the Victorian Curriculum Mathematics modes of; Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
Number & Algebra
Number and Algebra are developed together, and each enriches the study of the other.
Students apply number sense and strategies for counting and representing numbers. They explore the magnitude and properties of numbers. They apply a range of strategies for computation and understand the connections between operations.
Students recognise patterns and understand the concepts of variable and function. They build on their understanding of the number system to describe relationships and formulate generalisations.
Students recognise equivalence and solve equations and inequalities. They apply their number and algebra skills to conduct investigations, solve problems and communicate their reasoning.
Measurement & Geometry
Measurement and Geometry are presented together to emphasise their relationship to each other, enhancing their practical relevance.
Students develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of size, shape, relative position and movement of two-dimensional figures in the plane and three-dimensional objects in space. They investigate properties and apply their understanding of them to define, compare and construct figures and objects.
Students learn to develop geometric arguments. They make meaningful measurements of quantities, choosing appropriate metric units of measurement. They build an understanding of the connections between units and calculate derived measures such as area, speed and density.
Statistics & Probability
Statistics and Probability develops initially in parallel, with the curriculum progressively building links between them.
Students recognise and analyse data and draw inferences. They represent, summarise and interpret data and undertake purposeful investigations involving the collection and interpretation of data.
Students recognise variation, assess likelihood and assign probabilities using experimental and theoretical approaches. They develop an increasingly sophisticated ability to critically evaluate chance and data concepts and make reasoned judgments and decisions, as well as building skills to critically evaluate statistical information and develop intuitions about data.