The main features of mathematics at Albert Park Primary School are:
We teach these areas of Mathematics from Prep to Grade 6:
Measurement, Chance and Data
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands. http://ausvels.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Mathematics/Overview/Content-structure
The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt.
The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics. They provide the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of mathematics and have been incorporated into the content descriptions of the three content strands described above. This approach has been adopted to ensure students’ proficiency in mathematical skills develops throughout the curriculum and becomes increasingly sophisticated over the levels of schooling.
All students are monitored and assessed against the expectations of the AusVELS. More information on AusVELS is available on the VCAA website which can be accessed via the following link.
The proficiency strands describe the actions in which students can engage when learning and using the content. While not all proficiency strands apply to every content description, they indicate the breadth of mathematical actions that teachers can emphasise. They are represented across and within the Level Descriptions, Content Descriptions and Achievement Standards.
The proficiency strand of Understanding helps students to build a robust knowledge of adaptable and transferable mathematical concepts. At Albert Park Primary we encourage students to make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to new mathematical ideas.
The proficiency strand of Fluency helps students to develop skills in choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately, and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. At Albert Park Primary we encourage students to use their readily recall on their mathematically understandings, definitions and number facts.
The proficiency strand of Problem Solving helps students to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, and communicate solutions effectively. At Albert Park Primary we relate Mathematics to meaningful situations and give students the opportunity to design investigations and plan their approaches when solving.
The proficiency strand of Reasoning allows students to develop their voice when reasoning mathematically as they explain their thinking, and as deduce and justify strategies used and conclusions reached. At Albert Park Primary we encourage students to adapt their thinking to different mathematical situations and explain their reasoning theoretically and verbally.