At Mount Blowhard Primary School, numeracy sits with literacy as part of our core curriculum. In maths lessons, students use concrete materials and other resources to represent mathematical processes. This develops a strong sense of number, measurement, shape, statistics and probability before moving to abstract concepts.
Our numeracy program aligns with evidence-based teaching practices and is delivering excellent results for all students. We explicitly teach each individual maths skill in a planned sequence that builds over time using the 'I do, we do, you do' model. We also link each new concept to previously mastered skills and to real-life examples to provide relevance. Once a skill has been taught, it is then reviewed as part of a ‘Daily Review’ at the start of every maths lesson.
‘Daily Review’ is a retrieval practice to reinforce learning and build automatic fluency. Learning is enhanced by recalling previously learned skills, maths number facts, terminology and processes. It also helps teachers identify gaps or misconceptions for individual students. Daily Reviews are carefully planned by teachers to ensure spaced practice of skills, as this strengthens retention of learning.
SENIOR MATHS HOMEWORK PROGRAM
We offer a maths homework program for Years 3 to 6. The homework program is levelled and simple for students (and parents) to follow. It is followed up on in class at the end of each week, with problem solving questions unpacked and strategies discussed. A maths homework program also builds organisational habits that helps get senior students ready for secondary school.