Numeracy in Foundation
What does Mathematics look like in Foundation?
Our Mathematics sessions encourage learning through ‘hands on’ experiences using concrete materials. Students need to feel and touch what they’re learning through a concrete learning experience before they are exposed to more of the abstract learning that takes place when students solve equations.
We connect mathematical concepts, skills and vocabulary to real life situations and make connections between related ideas.
Maths Talks or Number Talks offer a short, structured way for students to talk about math with their teacher and their peers.
They provide an opportunity for students to connect related mathematical ideas, learn from one another and explain their thinking.
Independent and Collaborative Learning
Students work at their point of need in the classroom based off assessment data that teachers collect firstly at the beginning of the year and then consistently throughout the year.
In the maths lesson, students spend time working independently, in partners, in small groups and as a whole class depending on the specific focus. Working this way helps students develop their mathematical understanding in different ways and learn from one another.
Maths all around us... What you can do at home
ICT in Mathematics
Mathseeds is an online maths program where students can enjoy fun, interactive and rewarding lessons that teach foundational maths and problemâ€‘solving skills at school and at home. Teachers can assign specific learning or your child can work at their point of need throughout the lessons. The program has many resources for schools and for home so please have a look around yourself.
Teachers used iPads in the classroom to consolidate new concepts and to teach mathematical skills in different ways. In Foundation, students often used this in small groups or individually with the assistance of the teacher as they learn to operate the devices.
What can you do at home?
Do not try to teach maths to your children like you were taught
Today’s approach to teaching mathematics fosters a genuine understanding of mathematics. The old-fashioned approach relied on memorisation of procedures, which we, when growing up, often did not understand. For example, today’s teachers will help children calculate in their heads. So, avoid anxiety and confusion by showing them written methods that you learned as a child.
Be positive and foster their ability to ‘do’ mathematics
Praise your children with phrases such as, ‘I like how you worked that out!’ and, ‘that is very good thinking!’ This is often the reception that your child might receive within the classroom so it is important to mimic those behaviours and rewards even in the home environment.
Be a role model and foster a home environment that values mathematics
Negative attitudes that we express in front of our children are likely to catch on. Make sure you keep positive around the subject and encourage your child to see it as a fun activity, even if you don’t necessarily see it that way yourself. Say things such as, “I liked working with numbers,” as opposed to, “I was never any good at mathematics.”
Encouraging them to use their own language to describe mathematical situations can also be a great way for them to learn without even being aware.
Head outside with maths
Get your child’s thinking cap on by taking them outside the house at least once a week, and have them solving problems, communicating, reasoning, and understanding the mathematics they are learning. For example, if your child is in year 4, ask them to record the different types of vehicles that pass your house over a 10-minute period, or you might record the types and number of different animals they find outside. Afterwards, have your child share their results and identify the number of wheels for each type of vehicle or the total number of legs for each animal.
Play maths-based games
Games are a great place to start when making mathematics enjoyable for young learners. For example, dominoes are perfect for young learners. They offer multiple opportunities to count and match quantities, and with the right questions you can also get them adding or finding the difference between two quantities. Older learners can play games such as Uno that require them to count scores at the end.