Curriculum - Mathematics
Learning Mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all young Australians. Mathematics develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals for further mathematical study and careers options.
Warrnambool East P.S. aims to instil in our students an appreciation of the power that mathematics and mathematical reasoning has on their everyday lives.
Digital technologies are facilitating this expansion of ideas and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and invention. iPads with their relevant apps and functions and other digital tools are engaging sources of challenge for students. The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasing understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem solving skills. These capabilities enable our students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
There is also a focus on the language of mathematics and learning by doing can build an understanding of mathematical concepts and language with real meaning.
At Warrnambool East P.S. teachers implement rigorous assessment and planning processes, to enable them to develop personalised instruction for their students. We all know that children have differing abilities, interests and learning preferences and our goal is for all students to learn what they need to learn rather than what they already know. Students across all levels of the school set Mathematics goals, receive explicit instruction at their point of need and are involved in their assessment and evaluation processes.
Where authentic links are possible Mathematics also enriches the inquiry learning program which involves exploration, deep thinking, analysis, problem solving and can include developing, recording and analysing data sets.