Numeracy at Canadian Lead PS
At Canadian Lead Primary school there is shared vision and goals for Numeracy teaching and learning. Numeracy teaching is purposeful with teachers at Canadian Lead providing opportunities that assist students to make connections, applying their mathematical knowledge to the world around them.
As mathematics learners in our school, students develop efficient mental and written strategies to solve problems. They are assisted to explain their mathematical thinking, being reflective in nature about their own learning, both verbally and in written form. Setting their numeracy goals regularly through student conferencing helps students to monitor their own progress and feel a sense of achievement. Students are encouraged to extend their thinking while teachers foster openness, dialogue, mathematical reasoning and trust through authentic tasks related to students’ development.
Teachers at Canadian Lead create personalised programs for students by assessing their strengths and needs and then establishing programs to extend students’ capabilities. A range of data is used including the Mathematics Online Interview, Naplan, PAT maths, Essential Assessments, On Demand Testing and Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years. Teachers engage in moderation each term using Victorian Curriculum student work samples to ensure consistent judgement aligned to current curriculum.
Learning intentions, success criteria and reflection are built into lessons, thus ensuring that teachers are building on numeracy knowledge that students already possess and targeting teaching to the needs of our students as individuals. Our focus includes a ‘non-negotiable’ uninterrupted daily block of time dedicated to numeracy whilst teachers also provide students with additional opportunities for numeracy integrated into other curriculum areas including Investigations in P-2 and by engaging in Education Research Projects in years 3-6.