Mathematics at N.K.P.S.

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The Western Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

 Teachers at N.K.P.S. devise and deliver a rich Mathematical learning program designed to engage and challenge students on all academic levels. Teachers differentiate their teaching to ensure all students progress at their own rate in the area of Mathematics. Our teachers have participated in a great deal of professional learning on developing Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in Mathematics lessons to ensure learning is made visible to all students. 

​At N.K.P.S. teachers use the I.S.T.A.R. approach to teach Mathematics. This approach is used in Math lessons taught daily throughout the week during Math Blocks. 

 


I.S.T.A.R. Design
 

Warm Up/Tuning In
Occurs at the beginning of the Math lesson. The focus is on Math fluency such as mental math strategies.
 

1. Inform/Inspire
This stage is where the Learning Intentions and Success Criteria are shared and made visible to the students to enable them to access the learning at their own level. This stage focuses on the skill or concept explicitly being taught in the lesson.  

 

2. Show/Share
This is where the intentional teaching of the Mathematical concept is taught. The teacher models a strategy and teaches skills and concepts with the whole class. In this stage, the students move from Concrete to Representational to Abstract learning. 

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3. Try/Transfer

Students have a try at the activity in groups, pairs or individually whilst the teacher supports and scaffolds their learning.

 

4. Act/Apply

Students work on the activity and apply their learning independently.

5. Review/Reflect

At key teaching points during the lesson and at the end of the lesson, the learning will be reviewed and reflected upon. Teachers focus on the Success Criteria with students recognising and reflecting on what they have learnt during the lesson. 

Top Ten Math Resources

North Kalgoorlie Primary School has started using the classroom math resource Top Ten Maths. This program follows the Australian and Western Australian curriculum using engaging, hands on, open ended tasks that cater for all levels of learning. Top Ten Math lessons also align with North Kalgoorlie's I.S.T.A.R. Design way of teaching mathematics. Throughout the year, Top Ten Math lessons will be show cased here to demonstrate the engagement in maths that the students get from using this resource in classroom learning. Teachers have had professional learning opportunities in using and implementing Top Ten Math resources in their classroom teaching. If you would like further information about the resource, please visit https://www.toptenresources.com/

Room 2 - Year 3 - Mr Riseberry

Place Value

Curriculum Links - Apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers to at least 10 000 to assist calculations and solve problems ACMNA053

Warm Up Activity - Place Value Names

The students used place value blocks - 100's, 10's and 1's, to build their name. The students then calculated the value of their names by adding the total amount of the place value blocks. 

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Lesson - Place Value - Home Run! Aussie Baseball!

In this lesson, the students were given a pitching number (number central in the diagram). The students then built their pitching number using place value blocks. The students then used these place value blocks to calculate the numbers 1 more/less, 10 more/less, and 100 more/less than their pitching number. The students were required to add and remove the place value blocks to their original pitching number to calculate their answers as they worked through the lesson. 

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Room 11 - Year 2/3 - Mrs Riseberry

Place Value

Curriculum Links - Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting ACMNA028

Lesson - Place Value Names

In this lesson, the students used place value blocks - 100's, 10's and 1's, to build their name. The students then calculated the value of their names by adding the total amount of the place value blocks. 

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Room 17 - Year 2 - Mr Ainsworth

Place Value

Curriculum Links - Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting ACMNA028

Learning Intention - To partition and expand numbers to 1000 using place value. 

Success Criteria - I can partition and expand a number into hundreds, tens and ones. 

Warm Up Activity

Show Me Boards - A number in the hundreds was written on the board. Mr Aisnworth then called out a place value. The students then needed to write on a whiteboard the number that appeared in that place value. For example: 437 - 'What is the value of the tens number?'  The answer being 30.

Another number was then written on the board, but this time the students needed to practice writing the number into expanded from. Any misconceptions from practicing this skill in the warm up were addressed as a whole class and discussed. This allows students to become more successful during the learning activities to follow.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities for this lesson:

1. Teacher Instruction - Roll Write Expand

2. Expanded Form Number Puzzles

 

3. Roll Write Make

4. Building Numbers

 

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