Mathematics

 

At St Benedict's school we believe that numeracy skills effectively develop when students are taught from a base of concrete experience and involved in everyday, relevant problem solving activities. In this way mathematics is made more meaningful and founded on the establishment of authentic purpose.

We use a whole school approach to the i maths program which focuses on knowing and applying mathematical knowledge in a meaningful context. Teaching every i maths topic covers all the mandatory content strands of the Victorian curriculum at each year level. This program caters for differentiation and ongoing assessment supporting the students in developing a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Our priorities are to:

  • Engage students with real-life contexts                                                                                                          Children experience i maths investigations such as designing surfboards and creating breakfast cereals.
  • Solve the problem of problem solving                                                                                                                       Ten of the most commonly used problem solving strategies are explicitly taught and then used within i maths investigations.
  • Differentiate                                                                                                                                                                           imaths online support offers teachers a choice of varying levels of difficulty per topic. Challenge activities for fast finishers are also included.
  • Assess the content strands                                                                                                                           Structured, regular assessment is divided into two parts: Know and Apply. Know questions assess students’ basic knowledge of the concept, while Apply questions assess their application of knowledge in a variety of contexts.