Numeracy at Canadian Lead PS
Our Vision and goals
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 and applying their mathematical knowledge to the world around them.
At Canadian Lead Primary School all students are seen as Mathematicians. They develop efficient mental and written strategies to solve problems. They are assisted to explain and prove their mathematical thinking, being reflective in nature about their own learning, both verbally and in written form.
Teachers set student numeracy goals regularly through student conferencing using our Numeracy I can statements. This 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.
Planning and Implementing Mathematics
Teachers at Canadian Lead plan weekly in Professional Learning Communities to create personalised programs for students by assessing their strengths and needs and then establishing programs to extend students’ capabilities. A range of formative and summative data is used including the Mathematics Online Interview, NAPLAN, PAT maths, Essential Assessments and weekly teacher cross checks to inform teacher planning. Learning intentions, success criteria and reflections 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.
Teacher professional development
Teachers at Canadian Lead engage in professional development regularly. Our Learning Specialist and Numeracy Leader ensures professional learning is evidence based and engaging for all staff across the school. Teachers have regular opportunities to collaborate and discuss mathematical concepts and monitor the implementation of these concepts from the curriculum.