The Mathematics Program at St Kilda Primary focuses on developing students’ understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills across 3 content strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
The junior levels lay the foundation for learning Mathematics. Students have the opportunity to access mathematical ideas relevant to their current lives and learn the language of Mathematics. They learn to pose basic mathematical questions about their world, to identify simple strategies to investigate solutions, and to strengthen their reasoning to solve personally meaningful problems. During the junior years of schooling, Maths lessons are designed to provide students the opportunity to explore Mathematics on their own, with a partner, with the teacher and through a variety of problems, games, songs, tasks and hands on experiences.
As students transition to the senior school, Mathematics begins to expand from the concrete to the abstract. Students are scaffolded to develop increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by applying mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. Students begin to see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in a variety of contexts. Students develop a greater understanding and appreciation for mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy.