At Wantirna South Primary School, our Mathematics program links the academic learning to everyday experiences. It is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum which is organised into the content strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. These strands are divided in to four proficiencies, Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning, which describe how the content is taught and explored.
Throughout the school, Mathematics is explored through the acquisition of skills and understanding of concepts. All classrooms provide a differentiated Mathematics curriculum, which caters for each student at their level. Students engage with Mathematics individually, in cooperative groups, and whole class settings. Lessons promote discussions that encourage the value of Mathematics as an essential life skill that will also offer the foundations for future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) involvement. The proficiencies of Problem Solving and Reasoning therefore find themselves an essential learning facet at Wantirna South Primary School.
From Foundation to Year 2, the focus is on understanding Mathematics “through the use of concrete materials”. Concepts are introduced and explored by utilizing a variety of resources that are related to everyday events and activities. As students move into Year 3 and Year 4, concepts are developed through the use of materials, as well as formal algorithms. Once students move into Year 5 and Year 6, they engage in higher order Mathematical thinking and reasoning through skill based activities and problem solving tasks. This allows them to apply and refine the concepts they have previously developed.