Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives. The curriculum also provides students, as life-long learners, with the basis on which further study and research in mathematics and applications in many other fields are built. The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students:
develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy.
At Cape Clear Primary School we have a whole/small/whole approach to teaching numeracy. 'Whole' refers to whole class instruction which includes explicit teaching of the concept being taught. 'Small' refers to small group instruction where students participate individual or small group work at a child's point of need. In this time students may have the opportunity to use our ICT resources such as Mathletics, ABCya and Essential Assessment. Students will also participate in individual or small group conferences where teaching is targeted to each students individual needs. We also believe in a hands on, game-based approach to teaching Numeracy, especially in the junior classrooms to consolidate their understandings and knowledge of concepts being taught.