Building Numeracy and Problem-Solving Skills
At Spensley Street, we believe that every student can learn mathematics to a high level. We aim to ensure that all children develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, fluency with mathematical processes, and the ability to confidently apply their maths skills to real-life situations.
Mathematics education aims to build students’ understanding of concepts and acquisition of skills in a developmentally appropriate way. Students need to develop numeracy capabilities to make informed decisions and solve problems effectively throughout their lives.
The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
The curriculum ensures that the links between the various components of mathematics, as well as the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines, are made clear. Content strands in the Victorian Curriculum are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are applied across all three content strands.
Empowering Students for Success at Spensley Street
Our highly skilled teachers engage in regular professional learning in how to teach maths effectively and how to ensure high levels of student engagement and achievement. Our approach is learner-centred and developmentally appropriate, building on teachers’ knowledge of individual students gained through regular and thoughtful assessment.
Mathematics at Spensley Street involves authentic problem-solving tasks, games, investigations, and active, collaborative learning experiences. Our goal is to inspire, educate and empower children to become successful, confident mathematicians.