The Mathematics program at Makybe Rise Primary School provides essential skills in the strands of Numbers and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability as outlined in the Australian Curriculum. Through these strands, students develop “the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and are provided with the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built” (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), 2014)
At Makybe Rise Primary School, we have adopted a whole school approach to teaching Mathematics that promotes consistency across the year groups with teaching and assessment and includes effective early intervention. Early intervention is crucial as it prevents delays in development by targeting students at educational risk.
All classes participate in a daily numeracy block. They are taught in a format that allows students to be both explicitly taught and to develop a deeper understanding of Mathematical concepts by building upon their prior knowledge and consolidate their thinking with opportunities to practise new skills.
In 2014, J.E.M.M. (Junior Elementary Mathematics Mastery) has been introduced to students in Year One and Two to provide direct instruction in Mathematics through regular scripted lessons that cover each of the strands.
RUCSAC is used throughout the school to teach students about problem solving. The RUCSAC method involves students Reading and Understanding questions, choosing how to Calculate answers, Solving the problem, getting an Answer and Checking their work. Following the RUCSAC framework gives students a clear method to solve mathematical problems.
Developing mental strategies for solving problems is a focus across the school and students are explicitly taught strategies they can use across the curriculum.
At Makybe Rise, students develop mathematical skills by doing, talking, reflecting, discussing, observing, investigating, listening, reasoning and reflecting within a supportive, safe and productive classroom environment where mistakes are valued as part of the learning process. Teachers use WALT (we are learning to), WILF (what I am looking for) and TIB (this is because) in every lesson, so students are aware of what they’re learning and can see how Mathematics fits into the world around them.
AVID instructional strategies are incorporated in Mathematics through the use of goal setting, questioning, note taking, and reflection tools. These essential skills assist students to become successful mathematics learners.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Mathematics Overview. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/mathematics/rationale