**Mathematics **

Once again, this year we will continue to have a major focus on mental maths and improving our automaticity. Students will take part in the 'Blitz Master' program several times per week. This is aimed at developing the automatic recall of all number facts. Students will be assigned to a level that will challenge them personally with the aim of improving speed and accuracy in order to progress to the next level. We encourage parents and students to visit the Mental Maths tab where there are activities that will support student learning.

In Term 2, all students in Grade 5 and 6 will also be involved in representing TPPS in either a Maths Olympiad or Maths Games team. There are 5 competitions throughout the year, the first beginning in May and running through to September. This competition is run by the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) and requires students to work through worded problem solving questions in each of the 5 competition tests. Students will have a weekly problem solving maths session to train with their allocated team, with each team being allocated to one of the Grade 5/6 teachers.

Grade 5 also have the opportunity to be involved in the Maths Talent Quest this year in an individual or partner capacity. In Grade 3, when these students last competed, they entered a class project. In Grade 5 the emphasis moves to being more independent and investigating a question which requires lots of mathematics to solve. This project will be held in Terms 2 and 3.

We begin Term 2 looking at fractions and understanding that they are a part of a whole. We look at representing them in a variety of ways including as shaded areas on a model such as a section of a rectangle, as well as a part of a whole number on a number line. We also begin to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. Recognising and creating number patterns with both whole numbers and decimals is another feature of our Maths curriculum for Term 2.

We continue to work on place value with numbers in the decimal values up to hundredths. It is also important to be able to estimate an answer to determine if our results are reasonable. We will estimate and learn to round our answers to a given number of decimal places. Worded problems involving money will be explored.

In Term 2, all students in Grade 5 and 6 will also be involved in representing TPPS in either a Maths Olympiad or Maths Games team. There are 5 competitions throughout the year, the first beginning in May and running through to September. This competition is run by the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) and requires students to work through worded problem solving questions in each of the 5 competition tests. Students will have a weekly problem solving maths session to train with their allocated team, with each team being allocated to one of the Grade 5/6 teachers.

Grade 5 also have the opportunity to be involved in the Maths Talent Quest this year in an individual or partner capacity. In Grade 3, when these students last competed, they entered a class project. In Grade 5 the emphasis moves to being more independent and investigating a question which requires lots of mathematics to solve. This project will be held in Terms 2 and 3.

We begin Term 2 looking at fractions and understanding that they are a part of a whole. We look at representing them in a variety of ways including as shaded areas on a model such as a section of a rectangle, as well as a part of a whole number on a number line. We also begin to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. Recognising and creating number patterns with both whole numbers and decimals is another feature of our Maths curriculum for Term 2.

We continue to work on place value with numbers in the decimal values up to hundredths. It is also important to be able to estimate an answer to determine if our results are reasonable. We will estimate and learn to round our answers to a given number of decimal places. Worded problems involving money will be explored.