The Chronicle

CHANGES TO MATHS START ADDING UP

- TOM GILLESPIE

FAIRHOLME College Year 1 students Emma Dedes, Sophie Stains and Pippa Crockett are having fun while they learn about maths.

They’re also part of an initiative that will shape New Learning resources for schools.

The Toowoomba school’s junior classes have been observed by major schoolbook creator Origo.

The Brisbane-based company is creating New Learning resources for schools across Australia, based on the new draft curriculum by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

The new approach will focus less on memory-based learning and more on how mathematic­al principles are applied in the real world.

Origo senior author Peter Stowasser, who was observing Fairholme’s teachers said the biggest change is the way that they want kids to start thinking about maths.

“Those are ideas like computatio­nal thinking, mathematis­ing, so seeing the maths in the world and representi­ng that maths,” he said.

“A couple of themes have emerged around support for differenti­ation, so how can teachers differenti­ate an activity for all the learners in a classroom.

“It’s about creating a more flexible environmen­t but it also ensures that every child’s needs are met.”

 ?? Picture: Nev Madsen. ?? FUN LEARNING: Checking out the Origo maths resources at Fairholme College are (from left) Sophie Stains, Origo senior author Peter Stowasser, Emma Dedes, Pippa Crockett and Origo resource adviser Marty Egan.
Picture: Nev Madsen. FUN LEARNING: Checking out the Origo maths resources at Fairholme College are (from left) Sophie Stains, Origo senior author Peter Stowasser, Emma Dedes, Pippa Crockett and Origo resource adviser Marty Egan.

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