Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
At Stella Maris, we use various forms of pre and post testing to inform the teaching and learning of Mathematics. A range of formal and informal assessments enable us to support the students as they develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
Rich, open-ended learning tasks are used within each classroom to cater for the various levels of understanding and enable students to build upon and extend their current knowledge. The teachers integrate the use of concrete materials, cooperative tasks, games, computers, and the teaching of problem solving strategies for real life situations. Teachers and students both use the Mathletics online resource for planning, lessons, assessment and games.
Stella Maris also provides a Mathematics Intervention program to provide number intervention and other support groups for students with specific needs.
The program targets the numeracy skills of children in Grades One to Four requiring additional support in this area of the curriculum. Students are selected for this program based on individual measures of assessment and teacher judgement by a specially trained teacher. These intervention sessions take place for thirty minutes either on an individual teaching basis or within small group settings.