At Mullum Primary School we ensure all students have access to high quality and consistent teaching practices in mathematics. We engage with and instil enthusiasm in the students we teach; and we celebrate our achievements with the wider school community.
Students at Mullum Primary School develop their numeracy skills through a range of engaging learning activities that cater for individual learning needs and interests, and build upon students’ strengths.
We focus on The Big Ideas in Number:
Trusting the Count- Foundation
Place Value – Grade 1 and 2
Multiplicative Thinking- Grade 3 and 4
Fractions and Decimals – Grade 5 and 5
These are the year levels where we teach each Big Idea heavily however we cover all 4 Big Ideas in every year of a students’ school life. These are all skills our students will need to tackle real life maths problems when they are older.
Our Mathematics lessons follow the same structure from Foundation to Grade 6. We all start with a fluency game to engage students and get them thinking mathematically. We then move into the bulk of our lesson where students are encouraged to problem solve, explain their thinking and take risks with their learning. We reflect after each session to consolidate our learning and talk about the most effective strategies.
Staff develop highly detailed and differentiated units of mathematics work which are aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. Assessment is a fundamental component of any successful mathematics program. Students are pre-tested in key areas of mathematics using an online program called Essential Assessments to determine their level of understanding of each concept. This information is used by the teacher to plan and explicitly teach what the student needs.