Maths in the Early Years
At Kidman Park Primary School, students participate in hands on Maths learning experiences. This provides students with explicit and formal teaching of the Maths learning intentions, hands-on learning experiences in a range of mathematical concepts and a range of entry points for students with different learning needs. Teachers commence the lesson by explicitly teaching a mathematical concept, which is the learning intention for the fortnight. Students then choose from a range of play-based mathematical learning experiences in a range of areas, which are taken from the Australian Curriculum including number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability. Students are able to practise the skills that have been modelled during the explicit teaching or choose another mathematical area to explore and build on their learning. Play-based learning provides an opportunity for students to explore ideas, develop problem-solving skills, make connections and engage with others while developing mathematical understanding of real life situations.
Maths in the Primary (3-5) and Middle (6-7) Years
Maths at these year levels builds on what has been taught and discovered in the Early Years. We seek continuity in teaching and mathematical language across our entire school for increased results in learning for our students. We use the Australian Curriculum Proficiency Strands and our teachers embed these into their Maths lessons. Students develop their mental skills through Fluency based routines and warm-up games and use a range of manipulative resources and explore concepts through explicit lessons to build their Understanding of topics outlined in the Australian Curriculum. The best way parents and caregivers can support is through the revision of principles and strategies taught at school, and work on fluency based activities and games explored and learnt in class. Problem Solving experiences are intentionally designed by teachers and enable students to use their understanding in new ways. Through questioning learners as they learn, teachers can direct students and listen to their reasoning, providing formative feedback along the way.
In Maths this year we have looked at transversal lines. Transversal lines are lines that goes through the other 2 lines which are usually parallel and by doing that they create different angles. In Maths I enjoy problem solving and learning new things.
In Maths this week we learnt about cubies who are people who live in big buildings and flats and we had to figure out how many cubies live in each flat and how many flats are on each floor. It was a problem solving task. In Maths I enjoy learning new things and solving new problems.
In Maths this year we are learning about angles and how to use a protractor. I enjoy multiplication and division and simply how it’s satisfying to figure them out quickly.
In Maths this year we do a warm up game before every new topic and it’s just a basic thing we do every topic for example we’ve been doing angles shapes and decimals. I enjoy being able to work with a partner and doing angles.
So what we do in Maths is decimals and division. We also are doing angles at the moment and we are learning how to use protractors and different types of angles. What I enjoy about Maths is that the teachers actually teach us something instead of going home and saying I learnt nothing at school today