When you walk into a Wandong classroom engaged in a Mathematics lesson, you will immediately notice the way in which our students are deeply enthralled in their learning. Wandong Primary School promotes several norms within each classroom that promote a healthy mindset toward Mathematics. These include:
- All students can learn Mathematics
- Mistakes and effort are valuable and promote brain growth
- Conceptual understanding is valued
- Making connections is critical to deepening mathematical understanding
- Fluency with strategies and automation of number facts is as important as problem-solving, reasoning and understanding
- We value and look forward to being challenged
Although it may look like you are entering a room where every student is doing the same thing, our lessons are carefully differentiated through a rigorous planning process to ensure each student can access the main learning objective, so that everyone is successful in their learning.
Wandong Primary School follow an evidence-based instructional model, that aims to build upon and refine the proficiencies of Problem-Solving, Fluency, Understanding and Reasoning, along with a productive disposition. The three main content areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability are taught through our Inquiry topics, often merging to build cross-curricular links between the strands.
The teaching and learning that occurs within Mathematics lessons at Wandong Primary School provides students with access to ideas, knowledge and skills that are useful to everyday life and future career/schooling endeavours. Within the Mathematics curriculum, there are three main strands that consist of the following:
Number and Algebra: Number (including operations) and place-value, fractions and decimals, money and financial mathematics, patterns and algebra, linear and non-linear relationships.
Measurement and Geometry: Using units of measurement, geometric reasoning, location and transformation.
Statistics and Probability: Chance and data representation and interpretation.
Mathematics in Action:
What will you see when you enter a mathematics classroom?
- A collaborative learning environment
- Teachers engaging in small group or one-to-one instruction
- Students connecting symbols to models and number stories
- Students connecting key conceptual understandings
- Students discussing their findings and proving ideas
- Positive self-talk
- Maximum time dedicated to students engaging in exploration of key mathematical concepts