Mathematics


At St.Kevin's Primary School we constantly strive to develop mathematics capability in all of our students, so that they are prepared for whatever their learning ambitions require. We achieve this by developing mathematics programs and activities that involve practical applications to show the wide-ranging relevance of honing mathematics skills and engaging students in the process. In common with our educational values at St Kevin's, our teaching intends to challenge students so that they are motivated to grow. 

We utilize a range of materials to bring the world of mathematics to life for our students so that our problem-solving activities are authentic and the key learning goals transition smoothly from the conceptual to the fun and practical. 

The St Kevin's mathematics program is also designed to deliver a strong foundation in all required areas of the curriculum, for our students to use as a springboard to launch their future careers as well as being able to handle the important mathematical operations in everyday life. Consequently, our teaching of mathematics is organized into three areas:

  1. Number and Algebra – Here the focus is on developing student understanding of counting, patterns, place value, the four processes, financial mathematics, fractions, and decimals.
  2. Measurement and Geometry – This area concentrates on developing student understanding of different types of measurement including length, area, perimeter, time, volume and capacity. It also investigates the properties of shapes and the relationships between shapes and measurement. Location is also explored.

  3. Statistics and Probability – Here we aim to build understandings about how to create, display and interpret data and as well as develop an understanding of chance and how it can influence the outcome of events.

A vital element of our mathematics teaching at St Kevin's is the continuous monitoring of learning progress and conceptual understanding. This is managed through a variety of mechanisms, from standardized and online testing to classroom observation, personal conferencing, open-ended activities and developmental checklists.