They make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to develop new ideas.
They develop an understanding of the relationship between the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of mathematics.
We provide a wide range of materials for students so they can choose the resource that best suits the mathematical concept being learnt.
Encouraging students to draw their thinking or represent it using manipulatives is a large part of our mathematical instruction.
We encourage students to be problems solvers using our 4 Step Problem Solving posters.
When posed with a problem, students identify the key information they need to understand and solve the problem, devise a plan to solve it, put the plan into action and then check their results make sense in relation to the problem.
The ‘talk cards’ give students a lead to explain their thinking, justify their ideas as well as challenge another person’s idea or strategy.
This helps students become critical, articulate mathematical thinkers.
Students develop the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, and communicate solutions effectively.
Students formulate and solve problems when they use mathematics to represent unfamiliar or meaningful situations, when they design investigations and plan their approaches, when they apply their existing strategies to seek solutions, and when they verify that their answers are reasonable.