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MATHEMATICS

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That all may have life Jn 10:10
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Principles For Parents 

Building on success is important. Reward effort and try not to criticise errors. People learn, not so much by being told things, as by working things out for themselves and linking new ideas to ideas that they already have. You can help by asking your children questions, letting them work out answers for themselves, and then discussing their answers with them.

Children need time to think and time to answer. When asking your children questions or talking to them about mathematics give them time. Be patient. Wait for them to answer. Also, explain to older children that they need to give younger children time to answer questions, rather than always answering for them.
Encourage children to talk. Talking about mathematics is an effective way of learning, and the family is one of the best places to talk, especially when a mathematical situation arises naturally. Use mathematical words when you describe things.

For example, instead of saying, “the big red bucket” you might say, “the 10 litre bucket.” Instead of saying, “the large packet of rice” you might say, “the 2kg packet of rice.” In this way, children get to hear the quantities being stated as an everyday way of describing things. Buy children’s books with mathematical themes

Mathematics

Our goal is to equip our students with skills, knowledge and understandings which enable them to become competent mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Staff at St Peter’s have undergone training in the CEOM Project, (The Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics) aimed at improving outcomes in Numeracy. During 2017, we will be using the Maths curriculum from the AusVels website.

The Numeracy Session

Teachers use a variety of lesson types, such as the one shown below
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LESSON FOCUS: Tuning children into the context/investigation of the lesson. The mathematical focus is made clear to the children.

ACTIVITY: The children work in pairs or in small groups undertaking a task which involves them in mathematical thinking or problem solving. The teacher may work with particular children as well as move around amongst the children, questioning and conversing with them.

REFLECTION: During the lesson or towards the end, the teacher will bring the children together to encourage them to share their methods or findings. This will be the time when the mathematical skills and understandings are drawn out and highlighted.

As teachers of mathematics, we believe that;

  • We should strive to continue improving our own content knowledge, as well as understanding how children best learn mathematics.
  • Confidence and persistence are important in building cognitive aspects of Maths learning.
  • Learning takes time.
  • Maths learning can, and should, be an enjoyable experience.
  • Connecting ideas is an important part of the learning process.
  • We should have high but realistic expectations of our students.
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