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: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Angela Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9459

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 514.02.05

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will begin this course by auditing your own mathematical content knowledge to develop a plan to address your personal areas of need. You will then explore the concepts and teaching strategies in ‘Big Ideas’ in Number and apply these in the primary classroom through responding to classroom scenarios. You will conduct a formative assessment of a student, interpret the results and then plan and organise a teacher focus group to modify practice to target student’s needs. You will also provide feedback to parents/carers on the student’s mathematical progress and demonstrate your appreciation of the strategies required to work effectively, sensitively and confidentially to involve these stakeholders in the educative process. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

PLO 1. Apply educational professional practise in diverse contexts while actively contributing to a more sustainable world and engaging with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and globally inclusive perspectives.

PLO 2. Create learning environments that articulate a broad and holistic understanding of the needs of learners and society based on evidence-informed practices and theoretical perspectives. 

PLO 3 Critically analyse relevant evidence-based disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and experience to plan, implement and assess student learning, social and intellectual development.

PLO 4 Apply professional knowledge, self-awareness, judgement and research skills to develop agile education solutions and make evidence-based decisions for application in specific teaching environments. 

PLO 5 Establish meaningful networks with professional, peer, government, industry, and/or community groups collaborating with diverse, interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams to resolve complex issues.  

PLO 6 Transform learning and teaching contexts with the use of digital skills, tools and emerging educational technologies.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


Course Learning Outcomes





Audit your personal understanding of the Number and Algebra content knowledge required to teach in the Primary School using formative and summative assessment tools.



Explain and apply concepts, structure and teaching strategies required to teach Number and Algebra in the Primary classroom. 



Describe and apply numeracy teaching strategies related to Number and Algebra. 



Organise a focus teaching group and provide clear directions to students. 



Conduct, collect and interpret student assessment data to evaluate learning and modify teaching practice to target a student’s needs.  



Explain and apply strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents and carers to provide feedback on student progress in number and suggest ways to involve parents in the educative process 

3.7, 7.3


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as workshops, tutorials, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Teaching and learning may be face to face, online, or a combination of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks 



Title  Weighting  CLOs  APSTs 
AT 1  Self-reflection – My mathematics journey  10%  5.1 
AT 2  Teaching scenarios – Part 1  25%  2, 3  2.1, 2.5 
AT 3  Targeted teaching Report  40%  4, 5, 6  3.7, 4.2, 5.4, 7.3 
AT 4 


Teaching scenarios – Part 2  25%  2, 3  2.1, 2.5 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.