At St Aloysius Catholic Parish Primary School, we believe that Mathematics is an intrinsic part of a comprehensive and balanced curriculum. Mathematics pervades all aspects of life, therefore active and effective participation in Australian society is dependent upon learners being numerate and able to apply mathematical thinking and skills in everyday life, with confidence, understanding, purpose and enjoyment. Mathematics provides a means of accessing and processing information and develops logic and reasoning. It involves knowing mathematical facts, developing a sense of number, being able to carry out mathematical procedures and being able to use mathematics in solving problems, and describing and understanding the world.
At St Aloysius we focus on actively engaging the students in the development of mathematical understanding by using manipulatives and a variety of representations; working in flexible small groups co-operatively and independently to solve problems; estimate efficiently; investigate and record findings. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, finding patterns and making connections. Students are encouraged to be independent thinkers.