By this stage in your child’s learning they would have faced some problems that have challenged their way of thinking and feeling about Mathematics. Year 3 & 4 students start to reflect more on their own ability and make comparisons to their peers. All this can leave a young mind deflated.
The program’s primary focus is to ensure students become increasingly fluent to develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations with increasingly larger numbers. The program will assist with developing understanding, skills and fluency through investigating, exploring and connecting concepts. Students begin to understand what problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques they can choose to apply. The clear development of tasks and gradual strengthening of a concept involves communication and reasoning skills. This empowers students as they are exposed to using different skills and methods.
In the Year 3 & 4 Becoming Mathfluent program, lessons have a mixture of modelled, guided and independent activities. Some lessons are more explicit and involve mainly modelled activities, some may focus on independent activities where the teacher plays the role of a facilitator. Lessons are organised in a way that focuses on concept development. To begin with, students are introduced to the concept where they develop their understanding of the concept through guided practice which leads to independent practice. Students are given opportunities to apply the concept in different contexts. Lessons always involve recalling of facts, defining methods and working with information and processes to solve the questions.
Our effective teachers use our programs allowing for differentiation of content and utilisation of resources to support student learning. In the classroom, teachers establish weekly learning goals, making the learning intentions clear and obvious. Our Year 3 & 4 teachers know their students and where they need to take them next in their learning. They assist students in seeing the connections between concepts and use different strategies to ensure students understand.
Homework is distributed weekly where students practice the skills learnt in class to demonstrate their level of understanding. It is collected and marked on a weekly basis then returned to the student. This ensures that practice of skills taught in class are reinforced on a regular basis at home.
Informal assessments are carried out during class where learning is demonstrated through evidence in work samples and teacher observations. Students are given two formal exams at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 where feedback is provided to parents/guardians. These results are used to determine areas of need and become a focal point for further learning.
Students are provided with a class work book each term and revision booklets.
The Year 3 students are also provided with NAPLAN practice questions from Term 1 in preparation for NAPLAN.
The Year 4 students are also provided with NAPLAN practice questions in Term 4 in preparation for NAPLAN.
Student attendance, homework completion and understanding of content taught is recorded on a weekly basis for tracking purposes.