Mathematics, like Literacy, has an essential role in empowering individuals to be able to function in our society as critical citizens. At St. Ambrose Parish School, we provide learning experiences for our students to develop numeracy skills both written and mental, an understanding of shapes and location, measurement skills and problem solving strategies.
We endeavour to achieve this through a one hour numeracy lesson each day (or five hours each week) which includes a focus on number, probability, mental calculations, problem solving activities, reasoning and open-ended tasks that provide challenging experiences for the students. They are supported in their learning with the use of a wide range of concrete and visual materials as well as additional support through focussed teaching groups targeted from point of need.
The standards we use for assessment are consistent with the Victorian Curriculum and are supported by the MAI assessment tool and Pat Maths testing. We use our formative assessment to target our teaching to our student’s point of need and our summative assessment to measure growth. The Grade 3 and Grade 5 students take part in the NAPLAN Australia wide testing program each year.