Mathematics at Devenish Primary School
The Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics is organised around three content strands and four proficiency strands.
Content strands describe what is to be taught and learnt. They are:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
Proficiency strands describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics. They are:
- Problem Solving
These ensure that each students’ proficiency in mathematical skills develops throughout the curriculum and becomes increasingly sophisticated over the levels of schooling.
At Devenish Primary School, Number Talks are part of our daily Maths routine. Number Talks, also called math talks or math chats, are a quick daily activity where we, as teachers, step back while our students engage in meaningful conversations centred around interesting mathematical problems.
During a number talk, we present our students with a math problem and ask them to mentally solve it without use of writing tools or manipulatives. Then we ask our students to share not only their answers, but the thought processes and strategies they used while problem solving.
It’s important to note that the purpose of Number Talks is not in finding the “right answer”, but is the process our students go through. During Number Talks, students are always asked to explain their thinking. When they do this, it gives them a chance to self-correct, which further deepens their number sense.
Cooking: Fortnightly cooking lessons form part of our Mathematics Curriculum. The intention is to use home (school) grown ingredients and promote healthy eating as well as seasonal eating whilst teaching the Learning Intention from Maths each week. For example: if we are doing probability in Maths, we would discuss it in relation to the cooking we are doing as well.