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Mathematics at St. Columba’s seeks to give students an opportunity to make sense of the world we live in. We believe that through the language and skills of mathematics students will come to use this domain as a way to inquire into the world. To focus is on developing understanding rather than just memorising a set of numbers and figures. At our school, we have high expectations that students will experience success across the domains of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.

At St. Columba’s we focus on:

  • Hands-on experiential learning in the junior school
  • Using manipulatives to make Mathematics accessible and relatable to students
  • Real-life problem solving
  • Pre and post assessment to ensure teaching at the point of need
  • Allowing students and teachers to participate in rich discussions around mathematical language and understandings
  • Development of growth mindsets
  • Working with small groups, targetting intervention and extension
  • Opportunities to develop sophisticated and refined mathematical thinking skills; including regular opportunities to reflect on their learning and discover their own errors.

Formal and informal assessments are key to assisting student’s progress. At St. Columba’s Differentiation Support Teachers and Learning Support Officers work alongside classroom teachers during literacy sessions to provide targeted small group and individual instruction as needed.