Course Title: Teaching Number and Algebra in the Primary School

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching Number and Algebra in the Primary School

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Dianne Siemon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7916

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course your focus will be on how the teaching of school Mathematics has changed in response to an increased focus on numeracy, and recent research on the learning and teaching of Mathematics in the primary years of schooling. There is a strong emphasis on extending your knowledge and confidence in the mathematics that underpins school curricula at this level, with specific focus on Number and Algebra. This course will model a conceptually-rich, strategy-driven approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics. You will participate in the approaches and practices that enhance your learning in mathematics/numeracy. These include formative assessment, targeted teaching, open-ended questions, problem solving, rich tasks and investigations, mathematical games, and innovative uses of ICT and multimedia. You will also conduct an audit of your personal numeracy standards and plan for their development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities:

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and professional skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Professionally communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts.

At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of what it means to be numerate in a rapidly changing information and technology rich society and positive orientation to the teaching of mathematics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key ideas, representations and strategies needed to develop a sound understanding of Number and Algebra in the primary school
  • Apply contemporary mathematics curriculum and pedagogy to select and justify resources to support learning and teaching of mathematics/numeracy in primary schools
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate effective mathematics learning situations
  • Recognise and explain common misunderstandings in mathematics and explain how they might be addressed in the context of primary mathematics classrooms.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, informal study groups, on-line discussions, reflection on children’s mathematics learning, preparation of teaching materials, and readings to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc