Mathematics

 

Bayswater South Primary School bases its Mathematics curriculum on AusVELS. AusVELS provides a single curriculum for levels Foundation (Prep) to Year 10 that incorporates the Australian Curriculum as it is progressively developed within a framework that reflects particular Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning. This curriculum offers flexibility for teachers to tailor their teaching in ways that provides relevant and engaging learning and assessment opportunities for all students, regardless of their abilities.

 

AusVELS: Mathematics is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands. The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt. The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of Mathematics.

 

The school prides itself on keeping up with the most recent developments in Mathematics education. To complement the AusVELS program, we have accumulated a large collection of professional and created resources and equipment, such as graded problem solving kits, which students use in teacher directed-, independent and group work. Our hands-on, sequential approach to Mathematics enriches students’ learning experiences, and allow for "real life" application.

We have a commitment to technology in Mathematical learning with school-wide access to Mathletics and other online assessment/learning programs.

 

All children learn Mathematics bilingually (English and German) for a minimum of one hour per week. Students in Years 1 - 3 have 5 hours per week of mathematics in the German language. The addition of a second way of expressing concepts (German) assists students in their cognition of sometimes abstract terminology. Results show that this is an excellent way for the students to learn both mathematics and the German language.

 

The school offers enrichment programs as well as assistance for students at risk. Incursions are used when appropriate to support the Mathematics program, such as “World of Maths” interactive program. General classroom work involves a minimum of one hour per day. Early Years Numeracy strategies, including group work and work stations, are put into regular practice.

Bayswater South students have a highly successful record of achievement in nationwide NAPLAN testing frequently scoring at above the state average.