Numeracy Curriculum

Mathematics at Merino Consolidated School is a positive, engaging and hands on experience, in which our students develop confidence and a sense of achievement from what they learn. Lessons are tailored to the students’ needs and are differentiated to allow for extra support or more challenging learning.

Mathematics influences everyday personal, study and work situations. Learning mathematics involves building upon previous mathematical skills and understandings, making connections between mathematical ideas and generalising to form new ideas. Mathematical learning experiences provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills and understandings and apply these to other subjects as well as to everyday life situations.

At Merino Consolidated School we make Maths practical and engaging, where students have an opportunity to learn using a range of learning strategies. Mathematics is also linked to other areas of the curriculum and to the students’ everyday lives. Mathematic concepts are explicitly taught alongside children being actively engaged in their own hands on investigations to develop their deep level of understandings in Mathematics.

Mathematical ideas evolve constantly and digital technologies are helping students to learn in new and exciting ways. At Merino Consolidated School we regularly review the way we teach Mathematics and how we support our students, including with the use of digital technologies to enhance their learning. Students use these to support the development of mathematical understandings using programs like Excel or Essential Assessment, where differentiated activities can be set and through activities like learning to code.

Students are also provided with opportunities to experience success as mathematicians through a variety of activities including skills development, solving real life problems, experimenting with open ended questions and participating in mathematical games. The four proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics and working mathematically, and are applied across all three strands.