In line with the Australian and Victorian Curriculum, Orchard Grove Primary School has a strong focus on the use of the proficiency strands of fluency, understanding, problem-solving and reasoning to scaffold students understanding in Mathematics. Students are exposed to concepts from the three strands:
– Number and Algebra
– Measurement and Geometry
– Statistics and Probability
Differentiation is a big part of learning at OGPS, and as in all subject areas, teachers are aware that students move through different stages at different speeds and on a multitude of paths. Classroom teachers don’t just plan for the Year Level they are teaching, but use a wide variety of assessment tools to identify areas of strengths and misconceptions in students’ mathematical understandings and individualise lessons to allow all students to achieve success.
Foundation Level sets the stage for students’ number sense, and the teachers provide the essential ingredient in the building blocks of linking the verbal language, with concrete materials and written numbers.
Levels 1 and 2 build upon the foundations of students’ knowledge to allow students to explore a range of concepts, with an emphasis on the use of games and concrete materials to allow students to visualise and verbalise ideas.
Levels 3 and 4 introduces a lot of new concepts to students, and gives them an opportunity to apply their taught skills over a rich range of tasks. They often use individual pathways that allow both the student and teacher to track the individual progress of students as they move through units of work. They begin to apply mental strategies to larger numbers, and alongside the use of concrete materials, they begin to complete more formal written equations.
Levels 5 & 6 enables students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. They apply multiple concepts across a range of tasks that showcase their individual understandings and promote creativity.