What do I need to know to implement the NSW Board of Studies Mathematics Syllabus in my classroom?
The Activity .... What do I have to do for this Skill Snack?
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PD Goals for this Course:
In this course, participants will engage in professional learning related to the implementation of the Mathematics K-10 Syllabus.
The course will introduce staff to the core facets of the syllabus, including terms, topics, rationale, aim, objectives, outcomes and content.
Participants may engage in professional discussion with colleagues around the different aspects of the syllabus.
Participants will engage with the syllabus by completing online activities on topics such as rationale, aim, objectives, outcomes, content, glossary, key ideas and the continuum of learning.
Participants will be required to reflect on their current practices and the implications of the new syllabus on their pedagogy and teaching.
Participants will be required to utilise their ICT skills to navigate the Mathematics Syllabus online and submit activities via this website.
1. Click here to register for this Skill Snack on MNWorks. Ensure that you select the correct term and Mathematics Syllabus Skill Snack K-6. Print the application, have it signed by your principal, and send to the CSO via fax. PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. You do not have to wait for a confirmation from the CSO. You may start the Skill Snack as soon as the form is signed by your principal and faxed to the CSO.
2. Read the above rationale from the NSW Mathematics Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, which explains what the study of Mathematics is about. This rationale is also available by clicking here to view it online.
3. Using the task submission form on the right of this screen, respond to Question A and Question B.
Aim of Mathematics:
4. Click here to view the Aim of Mathematics.
Objectives related to knowledge, skills and understanding, values and attitudes:
5. Click here to view the objectives related to knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as the objectives related to values and attitudes.
6. Using the task submission form on the right side of this screen, respond to Question C.
7. Read the section on Special Needs, reflecting on adjustments for students with special needs K-6, and gifted and talented students.
Coding of Syllabus Outcomes:
8. Click here to view how the syllabus outcomes have been coded in the new Mathematics syllabus.
9. Using your newfound knowledge, in the task submission form on the right side of this screen, answer Question D ... Describe and name the outcome. Eg. MAe-4NA = Mathematics, ES1, Outcome 4, Number & Algebra (Counts to 30, and orders, reads and represents numbers in the range 0 to 20).
10. Australian Curriculum Content is included in the NSW Syllabus. They are also identified by a specific coding system. Click here to view the related Australian Curriculum Content.
Organisation of Content:
11. Click here to view a PDF related to the Organisation of Content.
12. Click here to view the syllabus content relevant to your stage. Answer Question E on the task submission form on the right side of this screen.
13. The new Mathematics syllabus places a renewed emphasis on Working Mathematically. Click here to read the Working Mathematically section of the syllabus. Think about ways that you could incorporate the Working Mathematically components into your current classroom practice.
Mathematics Continuum of Learning:
14. Click here to view the Outcomes statement.
15. From the above link in Step 14, scroll down to read the Table of Outcomes - Continuum of Learning for Mathematics K-10. You will note that the Number and Algebra, as well as the Measurement and Geometry strands relate closely to the Numeracy Continuum. Click here to view the Numeracy Continuum website (click on each aspect to enlarge and view). Click here to view a PDF of the relationship between the continuum and the syllabus outcomes.
16. From the above link in Step 14, download the Continuum of Mathematics K-10 document. Don't forget to save a copy to your computer for future reference.
Learning Across the Curriculum:
17. Click here, and scroll to locate the Learning Across the Curriculum icons.
18. Choose a sub-strand relevant to your stage, and answer Question F.
19. The new online syllabus features an instant glossary. This can be accessed by clicking on any of the underlined terms in the content. Click here to view the syllabus content. Select a syllabus sub-strand online, and note the underlined terms which appear in the glossary. Note, in the printed syllabus, there is no underlined glossary terms, and the glossary can be accessed on page 264-298.
20. Referencing the syllabus sub-strand from Step 19, use the task submission form on the right side of this screen to answer Question G.
21. Answer Question H on the right side of this screen. After completing this Skill Snack, comment on:
a) What aspects of Mathematics are you confident with?
b) What further professional learning is required to support the implementation of the Mathematics K-10 Syllabus?
22. Complete the remainder of the Task Submission form on the right side of this Skill Snack window, and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the form.