At Bolinda Primary School, we provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the development of mathematics skills, following the Victorian Curriculum. Mathematics is divided into different areas, such as Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability.
Students engage in at least five hours of mathematics each week, with high-quality teaching based on a whole school lesson structure model that includes four parts: Tuning In (ENGAGE), Explicit Teaching (EXPLAIN), Collaborative Learning (EXPLORE), Supported Practice (ELABORATE), and Reflection (EVALUATE).
Our guiding principles for all maths lessons include an engaging tuning-in activity, an explicit purpose for each lesson, a formal structure, students working on tasks at and beyond their current levels, teacher communication of high expectations, and the establishment of classroom norms.
Flexible groupings are created to cater to the needs of students at different levels. Problem-solving is integrated into all maths units, and intervention and extension are provided by our Personalised Learning Approach.
Bolinda PS is well-resourced with maths equipment at both the whole school and classroom levels, and technology is embedded throughout all units. Students have access to Essential Assessments, and we utilise pre- and post-testing using these assessments.