Mathematics in the Victorian Curriculum is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands.

The content strands describe what is to be taught and learnt. They are:

  1. Number and Algebra
  2. Measurement and Geometry
  3. Statistics and Probability

The proficiency strands describe how content is explored and developed and are embedded into the content descriptions. They are:

  • Understanding
  • Fluency
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning

At Preston South Primary School aims to ensure that students:

  • Have a consistent understanding of mathematical language
  • Are given the opportunity to think ‘hard’ and explore new concepts before  the teacher gives the formal explanations
  • Explore and extend skills through challenging tasks
  • Misconceptions are addressed through the use of confronting, leading and generalising questions
  • Have explicit teaching of skills and concepts in whole class and small focus groups
  • Explore, question and understand concepts rather than solely rote learning
  • Have an awareness of a reasonable answer through estimating
  • Value the power of reasoning through showing or explaining how an answer has been resolved
  • Are immersed in a healthy Numeracy culture that supports a growth mindset.
  • Use concrete materials to explore concepts. Students become less reliant on concrete materials when their understanding is consolidated