In effective learning communities...differentiated and engaging learning paths for students that progress their learning are planned and implemented. - Horizons of Hope: Pedagogy, 2016, p. 8
At Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish Primary School, we believe that Mathematics is an essential tool to effectively participate in our society and interpret the world mathematically. It has applications in all human activities, crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries to provide a universal way of solving problems.
Mathematics has its own value and empowers the user to communicate understandings logically and concisely. In the mathematics classroom, being numerate extends past the simple application of routines. It involves students recognising that Mathematics is applicable to real world scenarios beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to respond mathematically towards a range of cultural, social and technological advances. This encompasses a whole network of interrelated and interdependent concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.
The Mathematics Policy responds to a model of differentiated support that considers individual students’ needs and their “current progress in their numeracy improvement journey” (CEM 2015 Mathematics, pg. 5)
The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish Primary School Mathematics Program aims to:
The Victorian Curriculum sets the core foundations of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish Primary School Mathematics Program. Using a yearly overview (ref: Michael Ymer) content will often be interwoven through the strands so that several connecting outcomes are addressed. Planning:
Mathematics session will encompass:
At Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish Primary School Mathematics Program we are responsible for implementing an effective and rigorous approach to support continual improvement in Numeracy. Teachers are responsible for improving student learning and engagement in Mathematics.
The Mathematics Leader is responsible for:
Classroom teachers are responsible for:
Staff will be supported to develop effective mathematics teaching and reflective practise through available professional development. This will be supported through regular Professional Learning Community meetings (PLCs) based on current research.
At Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, we value parental involvement in their child’s mathematical journey. Parents and carers can become familiar with the Mathematics Policy through the school website. Parents and carers can become more informed in Mathematics by effectively engaging in their children’s learning through Learning Walks and through our Parent Helper Program. The SeeSaw Learning App also provides parents with a snapshot of their child’s learning through individual work samples, posts and whole class posts.