The school offers a contemporary and inclusive comprehensive curriculum based on AusVELS. We have worked over the last four years to use the learning architecture of the school to ensure the curriculum implemented is both viable and guaranteed. Using AusVELS as the guide, Scope and Sequence documents have been developed in Mathematics and English. The English curriculum is further articulated through the Mackellar Writing Map P-6, which sets out the stages and sequences of writing for all levels of the school. The Mackellar Map sets out in a two year cycle the ‘through lines’ for development of Inquiry Learning Units based in the learning domains of Science, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Health Education. Specialist teachers over the last two years have been developing Scope and Sequence documents for the specialist curriculum areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Language – Italian and Library.
The learning programs developed for some of our students being supported by the Program for Students with Disabilities are based in the foundational curriculum A-D and implemented through individual learning plans that are developed collaboratively by parents and teachers through goals set at the Student Support Groups where individual learning needs requiring specific individualised instruction are identified. Teachers, in their teaching communities develop yearly and term curriculum overviews using all the aforementioned documents. These documents then inform unit and weekly planners whose content is based on the evidence of student learning needs, their identified place on the learning continuums and next step in the learning sequence. Personal Learning, Values and Social Skills along with Information and Communication Technologies are incorporated into all areas of curriculum planning and implementation.
Teaching students to be numerate i.e. proficient in working with ‘numbers’ is now referred to as Numeracy and is far more learner centred. Numeracy extends to an ability to use a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems.
The delivery of our Mathematics program at Mackellar Primary School is based on a structured classroom program that combines the following features:
- Structured numeracy sessions incorporating a Warm Up, Introduction, Student Activity and a Reflection
- Stages of mathematical growth
- Grouping of students based on like needs for focused instruction
- Specific focus on the consistent use of mathematical vocabulary
- Continuous monitoring and assessment
The use of hands-on materials is also a strong element of the numeracy session. Material is manipulated to develop a student’s understanding of a concept and students are encouraged to build their own ways of doing mathematics.
Our Mathematics program builds students understanding of mathematical concepts around the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Student’s proficiency in the understanding, problem solving, fluency and reasoning of these concepts is developed throughout numeracy lessons.
We aim to ensure that our students are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics who are able to investigate and recognise the connections between mathematics and their daily life.
Numeracy sessions are conducted for a minimum of five hours a week.