Numeracy

St Michael’s Numeracy Program aims to develop the numeracy capabilities of all our students to be:

  • confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
  • develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
  • recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.

Within our daily Mathematics lessons, the tools session is a vital ingredient in this teaching time as it equips students with effective mental computation strategies to aid in all areas of mathematics. This session is followed by a whole class focus and then individual or small group foci. The structure of this varies according to the activities and the needs of the students. Teachers may use rich open-ended tasks and work with small groups or they may establish a rotation of activities and work with a focus group on specific needs. Digital technologies are also part of our Numeracy Program. AusVELS( Australian Curriculum coupled with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards) is used to aid in the sequential development of skills and children are assessed against this.