Mathematics

Mathematics Coordinator Information

Hello from your school's Mathematics Coordinator, Reece Freak. As many of you are aware, I hold this role along with my position as Year 7 teacher and coach of our 5 debating teams (which makes for a full schedule I assure you). Over the last two terms, I've seen the students and staff here at Parkside Primary embrace mathematics with enthusiasm, new perspectives and passion for the authentic. We've taken a number of strides in a short period of time.

My Role

My role as Mathematics Coordinator is to promote evidence-based practice within our staff group and develop consistency of approach, authenticity of context and effective tracking of all student progress. To take on these lofty aims, I have a dedicated Thursday out of my classroom to meet and work with staff, students and external individuals.

On these Thursdays, I can often be found working with small groups of students across the school, talking to staff about transforming tasks to engaging and open ended lessons, meeting with experts and professionals in the STEM field, organising school resources for mathematics, and analysing student data for targeted intervention or support. I also run the school's Maths Olympiad program.

Along with setting up opportunities for all students to excel in open ended mathematics activities, we're also taking steps to support those who need some explicit instruction. QuickSmart Maths (https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/) is currently running to support 12 upper primary students gain confidence in mathematics fundamentals, and has found considerable success.

The Junior Primary has TooSmart Maths Intervention to support the learning of maths with specific students. 12 students are currently supported by TooSmart.

Reece Freak