Across the Broken Bay Diocesan School System, clearly articulated foundational beliefs aligned with the Extending Mathematical Understanding approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics underpin our work in numeracy.

Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) is an effective and research based, whole school approach to numeracy which emphasises the development of conceptual understanding in all areas of Mathematics. The core beliefs held are that:

  1. It is a fundamental right of every student to be numerate.
  2. All students can achieve high standards given the right time, support and opportunity.
  3. High expectations and early and ongoing intervention are essential.
  4. All teachers need to be able to articulate the instructional decisions they are making and to explain why they teach the way they do.

Through EMU, our approach to numeracy encompasses all aspects of school life.  This is clearly reflected in our Numeracy Statement and includes the following elements:

  • Leadership
  • Assessment, feedback and monitoring
  • Numeracy across the curriculum
  • Early identification and intervention
  • Ongoing professional learning
  • School and classroom organisation
  • Home, school and community partnerships

Whilst the EMU approach emphasises quality classroom teaching, it also recognises that this is sometimes not enough to enable some students to thrive mathematically.  Thus, at various points in a student’s school life, they may require extra support with their Mathematics learning.

To cater for this, selected teachers across the Diocese undergo intensive training to become EMU Specialists.  These specialist teachers run daily intervention groups with students who are vulnerable in their mathematics learning, helping them to achieve accelerated growth so that they are better equipped to engage with the classroom curriculum.  The benefits of this reach far beyond the intervention groups, with teachers becoming more effective practitioners with their classes and students having newfound confidence in Mathematics which often positively influences their learning and attitude in other areas of the curriculum.

View our Numeracy Statement