Every day each student at St Mary’s is taught Mathematics in a targeted teaching approach that is designed to best meet their individual needs. Teacher analysis and moderation of individual student data from a range of assessment tasks provide for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound (S.M.A.R.T.) goals to be implemented and achieved. Resulting from this all student growth may be measured and our individualised intervention programs enacted.
A crucial aspect of the Mathematics Curriculum at St Mary’s is the emphasis on the teaching and learning of the four proficiencies in Mathematics: understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning. ‘These proficiencies enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.’ As explained by Professor Peter Sullivan: Lead Writer - Australian Curriculum Mathematics. These above-mentioned pedagogical approaches to teaching mathematics at St Mary’s underpin our aim of shifting short term memory knowledge into long term memory knowledge for all of our students so that they can continually build their understanding.