Students at Westgarth participate in Mathematics classes for one session each day. Mathematics learning is developmental with the early years students focusing on fundamental concepts of number, time, measurement, shape, chance and data, graphing and simple arithmetic. Students’ learning moves through to more sophisticated concepts within these learning domains as they develop knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills at their own pace.

Students at Westgarth learn in a variety of settings including like-ability and mixed-ability groups, as well as whole-class and individualised tasks. These groupings are informed by regular formal and informal assessments which are completed against the Victorian Curriculum's achievement standards.

Teachers at Westgarth Primary School strive to ensure that the Mathematics program meets the needs of individual students, is fun, positive and based in real-life contexts. Problem-solving tasks include subject matter relating to the students’ inquiry topics, ensuring an authentic purpose for completing tasks. Students have access to a variety of physical and electronic resources to support their learning, using hands-on materials, art and craft, games and mental strategies, kinaesthetic activities and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

Westgarth students set learning goals in collaboration with their teachers to achieve learning targets based on what they already know, and what they understand they need to achieve. We believe that students are motivated to learn when they know their own abilities and understand the next steps to success.

Reporting on mathematics

These plain language statements outline what students are expected to achieve in mathematics at the different levels of schooling. The plain language statements are based on the new Victorian Curriculum's achievement standards.

Parent Education Program - Mathematics

Westgarth parents and carers recently attended a series of parent education programs for mathematics. The following information and resources will support parents and carers in helping their children at home in the area of mathematics.

Resources for promoting mathematics at home


Maths games you can play at home with your child

'How to' guides for the four operations









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Online resources to support early maths skills

Sequencing and Connecting numbers names, symbols and objects


Trusting the count (Subitising)


Count me in too


Developing number sense


Professional articles about teaching mathematics