Mathematics is powerful in describing, analysing and is a highly effective tool for solving problems. Students acquire mathematical understanding by constructing their own meaning, concept by concept, through ever increasing levels of abstraction. Mathematics needs to be taught in relevant, realistic contexts.
The Mathematics curriculum aims to develop students:
- Ability to think and act as mathematicians
- Ability to use Mathematics to solve problems both independently and collaboratively
- Confidence and competence in dealing with Mathematics in everyday situations
- Ability to communicate mathematically and record ideas in a variety of written formats
- Understanding that Mathematics is a language and a way of thinking not just a body of knowledge
Mathematics teaching and learning is based on the ESF Mathematics Scope and Sequence document. In this document Mathematics is arranged in five strands; number, measurement, shape and space, pattern and function, and data handling. WIthin each of these interconnected strands, there is a balance between the acquisition of knowledge and skills and the development of conceptual understanding.
Clearwater Bay School is a member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) and uses the ESF Mathematics curriculum documentation to inform teaching and learning from Years One to Six.
In Mathematics, there are five strands covered in all year levels throughout an academic year:
- Data Handling
- Shape and Space
- Pattern & Function
The curriculum ‘Scope and Sequence’ documents you will find below provide an overview of what is being taught in the area of Mathematics across each year level. These documents are used as the basis for all Mathematics teaching and learning planned across the school.