Numeracy is the ability to apply maths concepts in all areas of life. It involves recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully.

Mathematics is a fundamental part of the Victorian Curriculum and an essential part of the Education State. Teachers at Hillsmeade ensure that students develop practical mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world.

Mathematics at Hillsmeade Primary School

Young students use numeracy to solve problems and make sense of numbers, time, patterns, and shapes for cooking, reading receipts, reading instructions, and even playing sport.

At Hillsmeade, we are committed to explicitly teaching mathematics for a minimum of 5 hours weekly. We provide students with opportunities to develop proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning through the strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability aligned to the Victorian Curriculum through explicit instruction at points of need and integrated cross-curriculum opportunities.

These lessons incorporate explicit teaching, skill practice opportunities, use of hands-on materials, interactive resources and reflection time.

Mathematical Proficiencies
UNDERSTANDINGThe relationship between the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of mathematics.
FLUENCYThe skills to choose appropriate procedures effectively and for efficiency.
PROBLEM-SOLVINGThe ability to make choices, investigate and apply known strategies.
REASONINGThe ability to explain and justify thinking.