Mathematics at Nazareth provides students with rich learning experiences that help children to see mathematics in the the world in which they live in.
We have a strong belief that the teaching and learning of mathematics must be engaging for all students, promoting a sense of self discovery for all. Mathematics at Nazareth provides students with rich learning opportunities that promote problem solving, questioning, reflection, critical and creative thinking. In the early years of school, students engage in hands on learning tasks, supported by concrete materials that support the development of important mathematical understandings. As students move through their years of schooling, they are provided with opportunities to see mathematics in different forms including rich tasks that represent maths in visual, written, abstract and logical means.
We believe that it is of great importance to have students articular their thinking in mathematics. Students are provided with challenging learning tasks that allow them to reflect and promote discussion and engagement across learners. The learning environment allows for students to work collaboratively, and rigorous dialogue is encouraged.
Number, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability are the key content areas which the mathematics curriculum is designed. Within these content areas, learning sequences connect with algebra, functions and relations, logic, mathematical structure and the ability to work mathematically.
Our Mathematics curriculum focuses on building proficient mathematicians. This philosophy is based on our students becoming proficient across four key areas of mathematics; understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
The Aims of the Mathematics curriculum is to ensure that students:
- develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
- see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
- acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
- appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy