Catholic Education South Australia

Mathematics

By developing numeracy skills, knowledge and understandings, ST BRIGID'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL empowers students’ potential for effective life long learning. 

The school’s Mathematics Policy strives to provide a positive, supportive and challenging environment with activities that build upon students’ previous experiences and the learner regards as relevant and interesting. Through open-ended and multi-entry tasks involving questioning, using appropriate terminology and equipment, applying the new skills and knowledge in context, students come to understand their world mathematically.  When questioning, the teacher is able to guide the students to a higher level of understanding.  Once a question is asked the students are then given time to investigate and problem solve.


Working mathematically outlines children’s need to acquire the skill of using mathematical language and relating mathematics to people’s lives.
Space involves making relationships between shapes and solids, interpreting diagrammatic representations, position and orientation.

Measurement involves the exploration of length, area, volume, mass, temperature and time. Formal units of measurement are introduced with a unit that is meaningful and smaller or larger units are gradually added.

Number is the recording of concepts and understandings using pictures, models, charts, etc. before the formal use of symbols begins.  The use in Australia of the metric/decimal system, requires that place value, estimation and decimal notation receive significant emphasis.

Algebra is the concept of expressing relationships and demonstrating that different things may hold common elements.  Algebra is a shift to looking for general relationships ie. Patterns, equality, inequality, variables, and equations.

In Chance and Data the main ideas are collecting, organising, representing and analysing data in order to provide a basis on which to describe “what is” and predict “what might be”

In the Mathematics classroom the students have the opportunity to investigate ideas and problem solve using concrete materials.  The students are given the choice to choose and use tools to help develop an understanding of the concept being taught.

Therefore at St Brigids we aim to create a love of learning Mathematics through active participation and inquiry where

 

  • Children are not limited in what they can do when they have mathematical skills to problem solve, reason, and be creative and critical thinkers.
  • encourage risk taking and ensure that Mathematics has relevance to our students everyday lives, creating numerate, confident , connected learners.
  • Believe that curious kids+involved parents=Maths confidence.
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    "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

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