Math U See
At DDAS Pre-Primary to Year 6 students use the Math U See program which is based on explicit instruction, systematic progress, cumulative review, hands- on manipulatives, assessment, early focus on whole numbers, strong verbalization, word problem solving, and fact fluency.
The program focuses on mastery of concepts so that each new math concept builds on the previously learned concept. Instead of using grade levels to describe levels Greek letter names are used – Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta. At each level, students are immersed in one primary topic. They start with addition and subtraction. Eventually, they work their way up to multiplication and division, and then on to decimals and fractions.
Taught from Pre Primary to Year 6 at DDAS, iMaths allows teachers to employ a combination of traditional and digital resources while covering both state and national curriculum. iMaths fosters inquiry by immersing students in real-life maths investigations. Students can design surfboards, go on adventures around the world and create their own breakfast cereal – all in the name of maths! Each year level has a choice of 12 exciting investigations that match students’ needs and interests, while integrating the curriculum across learning areas, including science, history, and geography.
The on-line Mathletics program is used at DDAS by Year 1 – 6 students. Teachers assign groups of students and/or individuals meaningful maths activities. Using Mathletics as well as school math program assessment data, teachers can target task assessments that deliver the right level of challenge to help students develop and experience success with math concepts. Through practice and fluency the program challenges their higher order thinking with problem-solving and reasoning questions, or bridges learning gaps quickly.
Westwood Mental maths
The Westwood Number Facts Test (WNFT) is designed to test students’ recall of their mental Maths facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The WNFT contains 33 questions for each of the four operations. Students have 1 minute to complete each column. Students at DDAS from Years 1-6 practise daily basic facts.