  # Mathematics

### In Mathematics students analyse & solve problems in the areas of space, measurement and number. Maths also involves the study of patterns and relationships, and provides a means of communication.

The aim of Mathematics is for children to:

• be confident users of mathematics
• be able to investigate, represent and interpret situations
• develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of concepts and fluency
• be able to pose and solve problems
• recognise connections between areas of mathematics and other disciplines
• appreciate mathematics as an important and relevant part of life
• demonstrate interest, enjoyment and confidence in using mathematics
• demonstrate perseverance in undertaking mathematical challenges

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:

### Working Mathematically

Students will develop understanding and fluency through inquiry, exploring and connecting concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning

### Number and Algebra

Students will develop efficient strategies for numerical calculation, recognise patterns, describe relationships and apply algebraic techniques and generalisation

### Measurement and Geometry

Students will identify, visualise and quantify measures and the attributes of shapes and objects, and explore measurement concepts and geometric relationships, applying formulas, strategies and geometric reasoning in the solution of problems

### Statistics and Probability

Students will collect, represent, analyse, interpret and evaluate data, assign and use probabilities, and make sound judgements

At OLQP we aim to develop the competence and confidence of all students in learning and using Mathematics, thus enabling them to effectively participate in our society. We also support this through Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU).

EMU is a research-based early numeracy intervention that provides small group teaching for children who need greater assistance in understanding mathematics following their first year of school. It is a daily program delivered by a specialist teacher that engages children in mathematical tasks designed to deepen understanding. It enhances the classroom program and enables children to quickly 'catch up' to the average level of their class. EMU builds on the strengths of every child and encourages them to become independent and strategic learners.