Last week students across the country received their 2021 NAPLAN Online results.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual
assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN is a nationwide measure
through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and
the broader community can determine whether or not young Australians are
developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for
other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.Our NAPLAN results this year have been pleasing, particularly our Numeracy results.
As a school we have been committed to supporting our students to be assessment
capable learners with an additional targeted focus of developing problem-solving
skills in Mathematics. It is of vital importance that all learners develop problem
solving skills so that they become confident, critical, numerate thinkers who can
successfully participate in society. As a result, developing Problem Solving in
Mathematics' has been the focus for our explicit improvement agenda this year.
So what does this actually look like at St Peter's?
Teachers engage in professional learning opportunities that support the
development of problem solving in Mathematics.
Staff and students use a common mathematical problem-solving language,
including the explicit teaching of the application of the F I S H acronym to enable
students to engage with mathematical word problems.
Teaching teams collaboratively plan, data informed, short term Mathematics cycles
that support and promote problem solving skills.
Teachers have clear learning intentions and success criteria that link to the
Australian Curriculum mathematics prior to providing problem solving
Student progress is monitored and measured using a range of assessment tools.
Daily responsive numeracy instruction with a problem-solving focus.
Daily number talks/maths routines that prioritise talk about learning and
articulation of mathematical reasoning.
The development of literacy skills to support students to unpack the literacy
demands of word problems.
It has been wonderful to see the fantastic progress students have made in the 2021
NAPLAN Numeracy test.The hard work of students and staff has resulted in both Year 3 and Year 5 achieving
higher mean scale scores in Numeracy than in the previous 5 years, and with Year 3 achieving at the same level as the
Queensland mean score.In addition, the Year 3 cohort also demonstrated significant improvement in Writing,
performing above the National and State average. The Year 5's also achieved higher
than in the previous 5 years in both Spelling and Writing
We are very proud!