Numeracy at West Beechboro Primary School
Numeracy at West Beechboro Primary School is targeted at providing students with opportunities to develop the specialised knowledge and language needed for conceptual understandings and application of mathematical concepts. Students are presented with a range of representations of the same concept. Delivery of a new concept is explicitly taught using the I Do, We Do, You Do model. Students are given the opportunity to individually show their understandings and explain their mathematical thinking through a variety of assessment tasks.
When referring to a balanced numeracy program the term ‘balanced’ does not necessarily imply ‘equal’ but suggests a range of competing components that must be taken into account.
Mathematics pervades all aspects of our lives as citizens, in our homes and in the workplace. A fundamental purpose of primary education is to ensure students acquire competence in mathematics. Students learn mathematics to interpret and communicate quantitative and logical ideas accurately and to recognise the importance of mathematics in our changing society.
Through explicitly teaching mathematics skills and processes our students will:
- Acquire mathematical skills and knowledge so they can deal confidently and completely with daily life.
- Develop competence, enjoyment and appreciation of mathematics.
- Acquire mathematical skills and knowledge which can be confidently applied in everyday life.
- Understand the dynamic role of mathematics in social and technological change.
- Use technology appropriately and effectively to support the learning of mathematics and in carrying out mathematical activities in context.
Teaching and learning
- Each class is timetabled a minimum of 4 x 90 minute lessons per week (360 minutes)
- The school implements a sequential Mathematics Curriculum called PRIME which incorporates essential concepts as outlined by SCSA. PRIME has been in place since 2015.
- All teachers are provided with a scope and sequence planner, a copy of the program and support materials. Teachers work with their respective teams to implement the program.
- Concepts are taught explicitly using the (effective teaching model – Warm-up, Review, I Do, We Do, You Do.
- Students’ abilities are measured at the commencement of each unit and learning opportunities are provided that cater for the identified needs of students.
- Students from Year 1 – 6 are taught mental maths facts by way of drill and practice in the lesson warm-up. New Wave Mental Math program is used daily and students will debug after each lesson. Flashcards are used to reinforce practice.
- Teaching of tables is outlined in the scope and sequence as outlined below.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|Teach||1x, 2x, 5x, 10x||6x, 7x||6x, 7x||8x, 9x, 11x||12x||All tables|
|Maintain||1x, 2x, 5x, 10x||1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x||1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 10x||All tables||All tables|