Numeracy at Doncaster Primary School
At Doncaster Primary School we will ensure students have access to quality and consistent teaching practices in Numeracy. We will engage and instil enthusiasm in the students we teach and celebrate our achievements with the wider school community.
At Doncaster Primary School, we place high value on our students’ Numeracy skills which are essential in their daily lives.
Students at DPS. develop their numeracy skills through a range of engaging learning activities. Lessons cater to individual learning needs and interests, and build upon students’ strengths. Our whole school instructional model is ‘Whole, Part, Whole.’ This includes students tuning in as a whole class, breaking into small groups which cater to different learning needs, and a return at the end of each session to reflect upon students’ new understandings.
Staff at DPS. develop highly detailed and differentiated units of work within their levels which are aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. The way in which Numeracy is implemented across the school is monitored and evaluated by the Numeracy Professional Learning Community (comprising of representatives from each year level).
Assessment is a fundamental component of any successful Numeracy Program. At DPS. we utilize a range of assessment strategies to obtain an understanding of each student’s development and needs. Our school utilizes online programs such as Essential Assessment and Mathletics to monitor and target students’ areas of need and growth over time.
Our Numeracy Program at DPS> will allow students to:
- develop mathematical skills and knowledge so that they can deal confidently and competently with Mathematics in daily life
- develop in them, the ability to think logically, quantitatively and creatively through activity-based and cooperative learning
- foster a positive attitude and sense of achievement within a stimulating, gender inclusive environment
- demonstrate useful mathematical and numeracy skills for successful general employment and functioning in society
- solve practical problems with Mathematics, especially industry and work-based problems
- develop specialist knowledge in Mathematics that provides for further study in the discipline
- see mathematical connections and be able to apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes in posing and solving mathematical problems
- be confident in one’s personal knowledge of Mathematics, to feel able both to apply it, and to acquire new knowledge and skills when needed
- be empowered through knowledge of Mathematics as a numerate citizen, able to apply this knowledge critically in societal and political contexts
- develop understanding of the role of Mathematics in life, society and work