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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Curriculum documents related to mathematics; Australian Curriculum and local curriculum documents, First Steps
    • Number & Algebra; teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources. Focus on number and place value and patterns and algebra
    • Number & Algebra; Teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources. Focus on fractions, decimals and money
    • Number & Algebra; Teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources. Focus on multiplication
    • Geometry. Teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources
    • Measurement. Teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources
    • Probability and statistics. Teaching strategies including use of multi-media, assessment and resources
    • Problem solving; using manipulatives to develop children's critical and creative thinking
    • Focussed planning and play based strategies for mathematical learning
    • Moderating and reporting in mathematics
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the mathematics curriculum and principles associated with effective teaching in the early years
  2. analyse and interpret mathematical data from a case study; make judgements on mathematical understanding
  3. create written feedback on student mathematical learning for children and parents
  4. plan a mathematics program for 5 to 8 year-olds, based on the Australian curriculum (and/or local curriculum documents) by selecting appropriate content, assessment items, teaching strategies and resources.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject will prepare pre-service teachers to plan, assess and deliver rigorous mathematical learning programs for children aged five to eight. A major focus of the subject is on developing knowledge of curriculum documents and mathematics concepts in number, algebra, geometry, measurement, and statistics and probability.

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