EDUC5505 Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Upper Primary

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit models and promotes the active teaching and learning of mathematics in middle and upper primary school. Students explore current evidence-based practices for promoting understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning in teaching and learning, set within the content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Students continue to develop and share a portfolio of teaching and learning strategies that actively engage students in working mathematically, and that develop the general capabilities and address the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum. Students apply their knowledge and skills to prepare a unit of work/program for teaching a mathematics topic or theme in the middle and upper primary years.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of how primary students learn mathematical concepts and skills; (2) develop a rationale for teaching middle and upper primary mathematics; (3) apply sound content and pedagogical knowledge and appropriate curriculum, syllabus and support documents to develop a mathematics unit of work/program that promotes learning in the middle and upper primary years; (4) differentiate the curriculum, in lesson plans and programs, to address the mathematical learning needs of students with a wide range of abilities and from a wide range of social and cultural contexts; (5) demonstrate understanding of using differentiated resources for diverse learning needs; (6) incorporate mathematical literacy, cross-learning area numeracy, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies in lesson plans and programs; and (7) implement a range of processes and strategies to assess and evaluate student learning, program effectiveness and teaching performance, including diagnostic and dynamic assessments and the provision of feedback.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop and online participation, presentation and professional practice; (2) lesson sequence; and (3) individual teaching plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the workshop and online participation, presentation and professional practice, lesson sequence, and individual teaching plan components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
EDUC5502 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.