At St Augustine’s our mathematics curriculum focuses on developing high-level mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem solving. This is done through the teaching of number, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability, which are all common aspects of people’s maths experiences in everyday situations. In doing this, we are enabling our students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
Mathematics teaching at St Augustine’s involves many different facets of teaching. Hands on activities, problem based learning including open-ended tasks, rich tasks, direct instruction and small group work are just some of the strategies implemented. Various assessment methods are also used to gain greater insight into the understanding of our students. Assessment methods include, but are not limited to the Mathematics Assessment Interview (MAI), NAPLAN, ACER Pat Maths, diagnostic tests, rich open-ended tasks and general observations.
Through the teaching of mathematics we are ensuring our students:
- Develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for their everyday life
- Notice connections and use their understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and processes and apply these in order to pose and solve problems not only in mathematics but other subject areas also
- Use mathematics to make decisions, to interpret and compare information and to evaluate arguments.