Mathematics is a core subject in the Western Australian Curriculum and is taught daily to all pupils throughout the school. It is taught as a single subject and as well through cross-curricular topics
Mathematics transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries and equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
At Rivergums, our pupils have the opportunity to explore concepts and build on prior learning, taking small steps to achieve greater understanding along their mathematical learning journey. We provide a Mastery Curriculum to support all children in reaching their full potential and endeavour to ensure that they develop an enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics, recognizing its application to everyday life through experiences which inspire mathematical confidence and leave them well-equipped for the future.
PR1ME Maths Australia
PR1ME Maths Australia is a series of workbooks which have been carefully written to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. This is a high quality resource used to support the teaching of a Mastery Curriculum and Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach currently being used in years 1-6.
The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) Approach
The CPA Approach is based on three representations which develop student’s conceptual understanding in Mathematics:
At times, students will move cumulatively through the steps, but they are also fluid and can be moved through backwards and forwards to reinforce understanding and overcome misconceptions. CPA allows students to move from using physical, or concrete, materials to solve problems, to working on pictorial representations and then being able to work in the abstract
At Rivergums, we aim to ensure that all children are engaged and excited by Mathematics. To achieve this we provide a variety of opportunities for children to experience maths in a wider context. These opportunities have included themed Maths Weeks, entering maths challenges, incursions and opportunities for parents to take part in these experiences.