Numeracy

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At Fairfield Primary School our aim is to equip students with numeracy capabilities that will prepare them for their personal, work and civic lives, and provide them with fundamental knowledge on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built. Our whole school Numeracy approach ensures students are stimulated and challenged by engaging in meaningful and authentic explicit learning situations. Each day, students experience a Numeracy learning block, which helps develop additive through to multiplicative thinking skills.

Students at Fairfield Primary School develop core mathematical skills and are well versed in number operations and problem solving. Theoretical concepts are made concrete via the use of hands on materials, games, open-ended tasks and investigative work. Our students develop an integrative mathematical approach to problem solving, which is applied throughout other areas of the curriculum. Teacher modeling of explicit mathematical strategies ensure students become numerate whilst gaining an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.

 

The mathematics program at Fairfield Primary School is designed to continually improve the Mathematical understandings and skills of all our students. We believe it is essential for our students to build a strong foundational knowledge in all areas of the mathematics curriculum. This helps to prepare our students for continuing their study of mathematics beyond primary school. A strong foundation will also prepare our students to use mathematical concepts to assist them in their daily life as adults.

 

The teaching of Mathematics is organised into three content areas, which can be linked during teaching sessions:

  1. Number and Algebra – This focuses on developing student understanding of counting, patterns, place value, the four processes, financial mathematics, fractions and decimals
  2. Measurement and Geometry – This focuses on developing students understanding of different types of measurement including; length, area, perimeter, time, volume and capacity. It also focuses on the properties of shapes and the relationships between shapes and measurement. Finally it includes a focus on location.
  3. Statistics and Probability – This focuses on building understandings about how to create, display and interpret data and developing an understanding of chance and how it can influence the outcome of events.

These content areas are taught through a structured approach that incorporates problem solving and an application of mathematics skills to develop wider knowledge and deep understandings.

 

Throughout the year, the mathematical understanding of each student is continually assessed to ensure that each student at our school reaches their full potential. Teachers use a variety of assessment tools including; standardised tests, online testing, individual conferencing, one-to-one interviews, open-ended activities and developmental checklists. To ensure the teaching program meets students’ needs and challenges them at an appropriate level, teachers plan for each student’s individual needs in mathematics using these assessment tools.