What a Maths lesson looks like: Every day, students get clear, teacher-led instruction about the maths skills they’re learning. The daily routine starts with a brief review of previous learning as a quick group activity or ‘warm-up’ This may include drills and mental math practice to promote fluency. This is followed by a teacher-led mini lesson where kids are encouraged to participate by doing a hands-on activity to introduce a new concept. Another short activity (could be in large or small groups or individual) will connect the new concept to prior knowledge. Students will then do individual or small group practice with the new concept using models, manipulatives or worksheets and a closing activity, done individually, will check the students’ comprehension using journal prompts, questioning, or worksheets.
Throughout the lesson, teachers introduce skills and algorithms for the kids to follow, foster discussion about different ways to find answers using maths language and let kids explore creative solutions. Teachers use visual guides to help kids conceptualize what they learn and practise new skills in pairs, small groups, or individually sometimes using worksheets or in game situations. Hands-on activities, projects, abstract models, drawing, and open-ended problem solving help develop kids’ higher-level maths thinking.
Maths lessons focus on building kids’ conceptual knowledge with hands-on activities, oral practice, and math games that link Maths to daily life while reducing emphasis on procedural knowledge and memorizing maths facts. Skills are built and revisited over time. Math games aren’t just filler or fun – they’re threaded throughout the daily lessons and considered a big part of your child’s learning.
The AusVELS Mathematics curriculum is organized around four proficiencies — understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning – and teachers endeavor to develop each student’s skills in using these proficiencies in every lesson.
Homework: Problem solving, tables/number facts practice and worksheets to reinforce the concept currently being learned are examples of homework. Completing work missed or not finished in class may also be set as homework. The school subscribes to the Mathletics program and teachers assign tasks, which children can complete at home on a computer, to review and practise work done in class.