Mathematics at N.K.P.S.


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. 


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. 

Mental Maths at N.K.P.S.

At our first School Professional Learning Day this year, teaching staff were given the opportunity to expand on their knowledge of Mental Maths and participate in some activities to build students basic number facts through mental maths games.


The Year 3 students in Mr Riseberry's class have enjoyed playing 'Race to 100' using their knowledge of doubles, which was one of the games presented in this learning opportunity. 

Place Value - Year 3 - Room 11

Using the Top Ten Math Resources, the students in Mrs Riseberry's Year 3 class have been looking at place value. They have created their names by using place value blocks: ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. The students calculated the value of their name by adding the place value blocks together.

Room 14 Year 1- Number Bonds of 5

Miss Williams and Room 14 has been using the Bond Block Mental Math system to learn the number bonds of 5. When learning number bonds, the students learn both the addition and subtraction bonds together. 

Room 9 Year 3/4

The Year 3 and 4 students in Room 9 have been investigating angles. In this activity, the students were required to identify the angle type first and then use that information to determine if the measurement could be reasonable.

Year 1/2 Room 16 ~ Place Value
Renaming Numbers

The students in Room 16 have been working on place value and renaming numbers. In this Top Ten Resources activity, the students are consolidating and focussing on two-digit numbers and trading their ones blocks into a ten block when moving through the tens numbers; 10, 20, 30, etc. 

Kindy Yellow ~ Mrs Taylor

Over the second semester of school, Mrs Taylor is introducing the kindy students to the new Bond Block System - Counting to 10. This system has a large focus on building on children's counting skills through the use of explorative play through to teacher led instruction. The photos show some of the students using their explorative play skills and learning what the Bond Blocks are all about. 

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Flanagan Pre-Primary - Mrs Hurst

The Pre-primary students in Flanagan have been using the Bond Block Mental Math System to build on their knowledge of counting to and from 20. This system focuses on taking students through the Concrete Representational Abstract stages of teaching mathematics. As the students develop their skills in counting, they move on to the addition and subtraction number bonds to 5.

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