“It is better to solve one problem five different ways than to
solve five problems one way.”
The staff at St. Simon’s participated in the Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics program facilitated by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne in partnership with the Australia Catholic University. As per George Polya’s statement above, as a staff we focus on developing the student’s ability to think and reason strategically in mathematics that is; challenging the students to prove what they know and encouraging them to become active thinkers and apply the knowledge they have to work out what they don’t know.
Each classroom received a visible Maths Tub for their classroom to house a variety of maths resources. Students are encouraged to use the resources in this maths tub to assist them with thinking and working mathematically. (Photo 1)
We have a “Maths Resource Centre” housing a comprehensive range of Mathematical resources for teacher use during Numeracy sessions. (Photo 2)
Every year students in years 3 and 5 at St. Simon’s participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
St. Simon the Apostle Primary School is involved in the Success In Numeracy Education (SINE) initiative, therefore we endeavour to ensure that the teaching staff at St. Simon’s stay current and up to date with SINE strategies. Twice a year all students complete a SINE diagnostic test which is used to track the individual student’s ability in number during their time at St. Simon’s.
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Maths Toolkits have been used in class during Maths Teaching sessions and at home as part of Numeracy homework.