Students at Bonbeach Primary School engage in Mathematics every day through meaningful exploration and contextual investigations. The world is a changing place, and Mathematics is fundamental to so many jobs that students will carry out in their futures. Therefore, it is vital that we equip students with not only the skills, but also the ability to identify when and how to apply their skills in real life situations.At Bonbeach, a typical Maths lesson always starts with a warm up which is often a game practising a skill. This warms up the maths brain so they are eager to venture into what is happening next.
Launch: This is where the teacher will hook the kids in with a maths fact or a real life example. The teacher facilitates the teaching of a new skill which directly links to the learning intention of the lesson. Teachers may expose the students to different ways to present their answers e.g. draw a diagram, work backwards, look for a pattern, break the problem into parts, make a model, make a table, Guess and Check, Try all Possibilities, Does this problem remind you of a problem you have solved in the past, act it out. It is a time to explain how you got to your answer showing the proficiency of Reasoning.
Explore Stage: Students are given a rich, challenging task that is often directly related to a real life problem. These tasks are supported with enabling prompts to help those children needing extra support and extending prompts for those who require a bit more of a challenge. Student voice is encouraged in solving these tasks, promoting confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
Discuss Stage- This is a celebration of learning where students demonstrate how they solved the problem. Feedback is given to both students and the teacher as to where to go next.
The Mathematical Proficiencies underpin our teaching, with a strong focus on building procedural fluency, problem solving, critical reasoning and a deep understanding of numeracy, statistics and probability, and measurement and geometry.