Mathematics can be found from the smallest beginnings to the ends of infinity, comprising of numbers, equations, computations and algorithms intricately woven together to form the basis of all knowledge. The central focus of the programs running at Darul Ulum College of Victoria is for students to apply their understanding of learned mathematical concepts and skills in their daily lives. Based on that, the teaching and learning content is designed to achieve that focus.
The school implements the current Australian Curriculum where Number & Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistic and Probability are essential domains. In the lower primary, students are introduced to establish their understanding of the basic mathematical concepts and skills, including making connections between number names, numerals and quantities; grouping objects based on common characteristics; learning about mass, length and capacity; skip counting; telling time and direction; and collecting and producing simple data displays. Enhanced programs are developed in the later years of primary schooling where students are introduced to newer concepts such as fractions and decimals, simple purchasing problems, unknown quantities, mathematical operations using multiplication and division, prime and composite numbers, classifying angles, constructing data displays from given or collected data; and listing and communicating probabilities. To scaffold their knowledge, problem solving strategies are explicitly taught and then used within the curriculum.
A range of resources are implemented across the primary classes, namely iMaths, Prime Maths, Mathletics and Mathseeds that are supplemented by other multimodal resources. iMaths and Prime Maths are unique programs that foster enquiry by immersing students in relevant, real life Maths investigations. Mathletics and Mathseeds are interactive resources that engage students with activities, which complement the content covered across the Maths curriculum.
Early Years Framework is implemented at the school, where students are involved in play based learning in like-ability groups.
Students are excited to participate in yearly events related to numeracy, such as Numeracy Week activities, incursions and Maths competitions such as Times-Table Competition and Problem Solving Competition.
At Darul Ulum College, we endeavour to integrate Maths topics into other subjects such as Science, English, Humanities, Art, Tarbiyah, Technology, etc. This enables students to build a more holistic connection to the topics they have learned in class.