At Castlemaine North, we believe everyone can do maths; it’s creative, exciting and useful. We want our students to enjoy the challenge of solving new problems and sharing their solutions.
We believe mathematics learning is more than just memorising facts. We aim to give students a deeper understanding of concepts, methods and ways to problem solve. As a school, we integrate these important mindset messages throughout our learning program.
- Maths is about learning not performing
- We value depth over speed
- Maths is about creativity and making sense
- Questions are really important
- We believe mistakes are valuable
- Maths is about connections and communicating
- Everyone can learn maths to the highest level
Along with our training in Inquiry learning, we have been involved in the Leading Mathematics program and Primary Mathematics Specialist Initiative where we have enjoyed learning about the best ways to teach and learn mathematics. We have been inspired by professionals such as Doug Clarke, Peter Sullivan, Charles Lovitt, and Jo Boaler.
Our framework of Launch, Explore, Make Connections means that a typical lesson begins with an interesting prompt, question or activity that enables students to explore ideas, concepts and methods. The teacher guides students to share and justify their solutions with the aim of developing a deep understanding of the content, refining efficient strategies and developing a toolbox of problem solving skills.
Click here to download our CNPS Maths Games booklet