At Bolinda Primary School, Mathematics is taught according to the Victorian Curriculum. Mathematics is separated into several different areas (dimensions): Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Students engage in a minimum of five hours of Mathematics each week.
From Prep to Year 6, we have high quality Mathematics teaching and utilise a whole school lesson structure Model including four parts based on the E5 Model which includes Tuning In (ENGAGE), Guided Teaching (EXPLAIN), Independent Learning (EXPLORE) and Reflection (ELABORATE,EVALUATE).The Guiding Principles for all maths lessons are:
- Engaging Tuning In Activity every lesson
- Explicit purpose for every lesson
- Formal structure for every lesson
- Students working on tasks at and beyond their current levels of thinking
- Teacher communicating high expectations and using purposeful feedback
- Established classroom norms for working
Flexible groupings are carried out to cater for students at point of need from Prep to Six. Teachers build strong relationships with all students and ensure that differentiation through maths lessons provides for all our learners. Problem Solving is embedded through all Maths units.Intervention and Extension is provided by our Personalised Learning Approach, catering for the individual child. Bolinda PS is well resourced with maths equipment, both at whole school and classroom level. Regular inventory is undertaken to ensure classroom needs are met and updated.
Technology is embedded throughout units and all students from Prep to Six have access to MangaHigh and Essential Assessments.
Assessment: We utilise pre and post testing using Essential Assessments and a unique FOOTSTEPS program. All data is collected on a whole school data system.
At Bolinda PS we aim to ensure that students:
- are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
- develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
- recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.