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Maths Evaluation Update - Term 21

Mathematics Evaluation

Each year, the Dem evaluates one major and one or two minor school programs. In 2016 our major program evaluation focused on Mathematics. As part of that evaluation, we collected data from classroom observations, student performance, student, teacher and parent surveys, and focus groups.

Following community feedback from the Maths evaluation process, we hosted two Mathematics Information Evenings for parents in Term 2 of 2017, one dedicated to parents of students in Kindergarten to Year 2 and the second dedicated to parents of students in Years 3-6. These sessions were designed to explain key skills in the Mathematics syllabus, explain how we teach Mathematics in the classroom, and provide you with hints and tips to help your child at home.

K-2 Maths

One of the most frequent parent comments from our Maths Evaluation last year was that parents 'don't understand how maths is taught today'. At our inaugural K-2 Maths Information Evening, parents discovered some of the key approaches we take to teaching maths in the classroom and even had to answer a few maths questions themselves! Attendees also learned about the stages of development, outlined in the ‘Early Arithmetic Strategies' that underpin students' ability to successfully add and subtract. Parents were also given lots of hints and tips about how to support their child at home.

The K-2 powerpoint presentation and accompanying handouts are available for downloading:

K-2 Maths Presentation (pdf 1260 KB)

Ideas for K-2 at Home (pdf 158 KB)

3-6 Maths

At the second of our inaugural Maths Information Evenings, parents discovered how 3-6 maths differs from K-2 maths and were informed of the mathematical content and achievement expectations associated with each grade. Attendees learned about the jump, split and compensation methods of mental addition, and were taught the language of column addition and subtraction. Parents were also given lots of hints and tips about how to support their child at home, the most important of which was modelling a positive attitude and a love and enthusiasm for maths! 


The 3-6 powerpoint presentation and accompanying handouts are available for downloading:

3-6 Maths Presentation (pdf 2749 KB)

Ideas for 3-6 at Home (pdf 221 KB) 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress in Mathematics, please speak to your child's teacher.

The full 2016 Maths Evaluation Report is also available for downloading here.