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Find out more about the three core subjects: Maths, English and Science
What is mathematics?
Mathematics is the study of numbers, data, space and shapes using a sophisticated and abstract system that involves mathematical processes, thinking, rules and symbols.
Studying mathematics helps students to develop a unique and powerful way of investigating patterns, order, generality and uncertainty.
What does mathematics mean for children?
For mathematics to make sense to students they need to know about it, know how to do it, and know why, when and where to use it.
To help students develop their mathematical knowledge, Queensland teachers provide focused skill development and also support students to:
- apply their knowledge and skills to solve familiar problems
- solve specific problems in novel situations
- use open-ended inquiries to investigate problem situations.
Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
All teachers at Springfield Lakes have the responsibility to assist students to acquire the essential knowledge, understandings and skills in mathematics that they will require for active, informed participation in school and beyond.
Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians.
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.
Mathematics has its own value and beauty and the Australian Curriculum
Mathematics aims to instil in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning. Mathematical ideas have evolved across all cultures over thousands of years, and are constantly developing. Digital technologies are facilitating this expansion of ideas and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and invention. The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
Mathematics ensures that the links between the various components of mathematics, as well as the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines, are made clear. Mathematics is composed of multiple but interrelated and interdependent concepts and systems which students apply beyond the mathematics classroom.
Aims in mathematics
At Springfield Lakes State School we aim to ensure that students:
- are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
- develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
- recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.
Teachers at Springfield Lakes State School are expected to:
- be familiar with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
- implement the C2C Mathematics Units available on OneSchool
- timetable the teaching of mathematics for 5 hours (Prep–Year 7) each week
- identify students prior knowledge, skills and understanding through pre-testing and analysis of existing data
- implement C2C assessment tasks and investigations that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge, understandings and skills in all areas of mathematics
- work towards school targets in Mathematics
- collect evidence of student knowledge, understanding and skills in all areas of Mathematics
- participate in professional conversations and Moderation activities to achieve consistency in teacher judgements across classes
- apply agreed standards to student work for the purposes of assessment
- report on student progress two times a year using an agreed 5-point scale
- provide ongoing feedback to students on their learning
- assist students to set learning goals in mathematics and to monitor those goals.