Students at Westgarth participate in mathematics classes for one session each day. Students at learn in a variety of settings including like-ability and mixed-ability groups, as well as whole-class and individualised tasks. These groupings are informed by regular formal and informal assessments which are completed against the Victorian Curriculum.
Teachers at Westgarth Primary School strive to ensure that the mathematics program meets the needs of individual students, is fun, positive and based in real-life contexts. Students have access to a variety of physical and electronic resources to support their learning, using hands-on materials, games and mental strategies.
Westgarth students set learning goals in collaboration with their teachers to achieve learning targets based on what they already know, and what they understand they need to achieve. We believe that students are motivated to learn when they know their own abilities and understand the next steps to success.
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. The AMC is for Year 3 – 6 students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes. The registration and payment form must be returned no later than Friday, 14 June. Students will then participate in the competition, under examination conditions, on Thursday, 1 August.
DEtv employs a step-by-step approach to show current methodology for teaching mathematics. The clips are used as part of a professional development program for teachers. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/DEtvDonaldEddington
Also see: Parent and carer education programs at Westgarth.
Resources for promoting mathematics/numeracy at home
youcubed at Stanford University
Online resources to support early maths skills
Sequencing and Connecting numbers names, symbols and objects
Trusting the count (Subitising)
Developing number sense
Professional articles about teaching mathematics