The aim of the Pakenham Consolidated Schools Mathematics program is to develop in students, a confident understanding of mathematical concepts, processes and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to real life situations.  Each child will experience success and achieve appropriate learning outcomes. Important mathematical skills and concepts will be experienced by students in our Maths Focus Sessions as well as the Pakenham Consolidated School Maths Masters program. 


The program is a Pre/Post-test model which directly identifies the individual learning goals of students, allows for explicit teaching and allows students learning growth to be clearly identified. This aligns with the current best practices for teaching of mathematics.


The Mathematical lesson structure at Pakenham Consolidated School is consistent throughout each classroom. Every lesson consists of:

  1. The ‘Engagement section or ‘Tune In’ introduction, is where the students learning focus for the lesson is explained WALT (We Are Learning To), discussed and examples demonstrated.
  2. The ‘Practice’ section, involves students working through mathematical problems and building confidence in the concept. Students independently choose from a mixture of explicit teaching focus groups, strategy or skilled maths games, inquiry tasks, consolidating math skills worksheets and online maths programs targeted to their learning goals. 
  3. The ‘Reflection’ stage of the lesson allows students to look back on their learning (did they achieve the WALT), ask questions, receive feedback, share findings and discuss the real life relevance of the Mathematical concept learnt.


At Pakenham Consolidated School the students participate in a school specifically designed ‘Maths Masters’ program. The program aligns with Dianne Siemon’s ‘Developing Big ideas in number’ and was developed to instil the key basics of number sense into our students, while creating a fun and rewarding Maths program for all.