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

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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

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 Algebra 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


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.



Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts, substance, structure and teaching strategies required to teach Number and Algebra in the Primary classroom.



Know, understand and apply numeracy teaching strategies related to Number and Algebra.



Demonstrate the capacity to plan and organise a focus teaching group and provide clear directions to students.



Demonstrate the capacity to conduct, collect and interpret student assessment data to evaluate learning and modify teaching practice to target a student’s needs.



Understand 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

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching.
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

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

There are three assessment tasks:

Title, Words, Weighting


Assessment of Course

Assessment Task 1: Personal Knowledge



Assessment Task 2: Mini written test

2, 3

2.1, 2.5

Assessment Task 3: Targeted teaching

4, 5, 6

3.7, 4.2, 5.4,

Assessment Task 4: Written Test, equivalent

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

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: