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Mathematics education is continually a priority area at Waggrakine Primary School with staff following the WA Curriculum as outlined by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) who is responsible for setting the standards of achievement for the curriculum in WA for Pre-Primary to Year 10.
Numero is a mental maths card game which is adaptable for any ability level with suitability from kindergarten level to adults. As well as mental calculation it encourages tactical thinking and thinking ‘outside the box’. Classes across the school include the regular playing of Numero as part of the maths program. Year 5 and 6 students are also offered the opportunity to compete in an annual interschool Numero challenge. A parent session is offered at least once per year so keep an eye out on the Facebook page and in the newsletter for upcoming events.
The curriculum content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt. The mathematics proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. These stands describe how the content is explored and developed, that is the actual thinking and doing of mathematics. The Early Years Framework (EYF) provides details and guidelines for Kindergarten.
Whole school strategies have been implemented at Waggrakine Primary to enhance student outcomes in Mathematics. Staff plan explicit teaching, learning and assessment based on SCSA and EYF guidelines using First steps, Envision Maths and the Geraldton Numeracy Strategy Scope and Sequence. The implementation of plans is further supported by the online resources of Mathletics and Mathseeds as well as i-pad apps. We currently have a strong focus on the development of mental computation skills, basic facts, problem solving and mathematical literacy.
In 2019 we are implementing Progressive Achievement Test in Mathematics (PAT Maths) and continuing One Minute Basic Facts testing to provide baseline data, identifying focus areas to inform teaching and learning, differentiate curriculum and identify and track trends at the whole school, classroom and individual level.
A Maths Committee has been established with staff representatives from each phase of learning to discuss data, targets, priorities, strategies, resources and provide support for teachers.
Teacher professional learning is supported by the committee, school leaders with opportunities for modelling, observation, coaching and formal professional learning.
Waggrakine subscribes to Mathletics and Mathseeds to engage learners with maths through a digital platform. Mathseeds is designed for early maths learners. It combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn.Talk to your child’s teacher if you need help with the login.