Mathematics is a core subject in the Western Australian Curriculum and is taught daily to all pupils throughout the school. At Rivergums, we support all students to achieve a high standard of proficiency in Mathematics, explicitly teaching concepts to mastery. Lessons build on prior learning and follow systematic steps supporting students to achieve greater understanding along their mathematical learning journey.

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 numeracy workshops and opportunities for parents to take part in numeracy lessons. 


Fact Fluency

At Rivergums, we have a daily focus on developing fact fluency. Math fact fluency is the ability to recall math facts and concepts quickly and accurately. Math fact fluency is developed when students are given exposure to math facts as often as possible. Once students have mastered their fact fluency, their cognitive load is reduced, thus allowing them time to effectively solve more difficult problems quicker and more accurately.


Daily Review

A daily review is a fast-paced review of previously learned material. Daily Reviews support students to transfer knowledge from their short term to long term memory; resulting in automatic recall. Our Mathematics daily reviews include:

Number/Algebra (basic number facts, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, times tables, place value, fractions, decimals, money, numeracy vocabulary, problem solving)

Measurement (time, time facts, calendars, timetables, abbreviations, vocabulary, conversions, problem solving)

Geometry (shapes, directions, lines, angles, vocabulary, problem solving)

Statistics/Probability (fractions, percentages, decimals, graphing, probability, vocabulary, problem solving)


The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) Approach

The CPA Approach is based on three representations which develop student’s conceptual understanding in Mathematics:

  • Concrete
  • Pictorial
  • Abstract

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


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