Numeracy at Dianella Heights
Numeracy pervades all aspects of our lives as citizens, in our homes and in the workplace. A fundamental purpose of primary education is to ensure students acquire competence in mathematics. Students learn mathematics to interpret and communicate their findings and ideas accurately and to recognise the importance of mathematics in our changing society.
Through explicitly teaching mathematics skills and processes our students will:
- Develop competence, enjoyment and appreciation of mathematics.
- Acquire mathematical skills and knowledge which can be confidently applied in everyday life.
- Understand the dynamic role of mathematics in social and technological change.
- Use technology appropriately and effectively to support the learning of mathematics and in carrying out mathematical activities within a range of contexts.
Balanced Numeracy Program
At Dianella Heights Primary School, teachers will deliver a balanced numeracy program providing students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and language needed for thorough understanding and application of mathematical concepts. All teachers follow a consistent approach to the numeracy block. This includes revision of key concepts and basic facts, structured mental maths program and a problem solving focus throughout concept development. This ensures the link is made between key mathematical concepts and its relevance to the real world. Students will be presented with a range of representations of the same concept, which will include the use of manipulatives, concrete materials, pictures and diagrams and abstract ideas. Delivery of a new concept will be explicitly taught using the I Do, We Do, You Do model. Using a range of proven methods, teachers will check for student understanding before extending them to the next level. Students will also be given the opportunity to individually show their understandings and explain their mathematical thinking through a variety of assessment tasks.