EDU30009: Mathematics in the Primary Classroom Assignment 2: Mathematics folio
EDU30009 Mathematics in the Primary Classroom
Assignment 2: Mathematics folio
Word limit: 2500 (+/- 10%)
In determining a focus for your unit, you should choose a topic, theme, or pretext which
connects the three content strands. Your theme or topic will link the separate lessons into a
cohesive unit. Each of your lesson plans should incorporate activities which are focused
around this central theme. For example, a unit on “Planning an Excursion” might include
creating a financial plan (Number and Algebra), describing the route to the destination using
directional language (Measurement and Geometry) and constructing a graph comparing the
cost of various forms of transport to get to the destination (Statistics and Probability). Your
theme should be appropriate for the year level and offer opportunities to integrate real
world, authentic teaching, learning and assessment opportunities into the lessons to
optimise student interest and engagement. You should also look for ways to incorporate
inclusive, integrated and/or holistic approaches into your teaching and assessment design.
There should be four different components to your folio. These four different components
should be collated as one Word document and will include the following:
A detailed introduction contextualising and justifying the unit of work, and detailing what
mathematical concept is being targeted. The background context—including year level and
prior knowledge of students. The strands and elements from the relevant National and/or
State or Territory Curriculum that you are addressing.
2. Unit plan
The unit plan should have clear learning objectives that have been drawn from the relevant
National and/or State or Territory Curriculum. The unit plan should consist of five individual
lessons. The unit should include an assessment plan that incorporates both formative and
The unit plan should include the following:
The objectives and aims of the unit.
Pedagogical approaches (strategies, tools, grouping of children, etc).
A presentation of each sequential lesson.
An assessment plan for the unit. This should align with the unit objectives and consider
how to cater for diversity or inclusive approaches.
To help you distinguish between a unit plan and a lesson plan, you may wish to watch
Backward mapping for planning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Bjaun-W0Y)
Provide a concise reflection on your development of the unit plan, including:
an examination and evaluation of the development of mathematical concepts explored
through your unit of work
your rationale for the pedagogy, activities and other key choices you have made.
4. Resource list
Provide a specific list of resources (including stimuli, texts, tools, ICT).
All references should be appropriately cited using APA style.
You can include this either as part of your lesson plans, your unit plan, or as a separate
document, as long as this is captured and referenced correctly.
For example, you may refer to these in your lesson plans for context, but direct to a
separate list that is more specific with references.
As this is a folio designed to highlight lesson planning and how you would design and teach
a unit of work in practice, the writing style does not need to be formal and can include dot
points and other concise text, but it must be clear enough to be a practical and useful set of
documents that another teacher could use. Supporting resources and other relevant work
by others also needs to be cited and referenced according to APA standard.
Throughout your teaching and learning journey, you will be required to use the
nationally approved learning frameworks (the Early Years Learning Framework or the
Australian Curriculum) or the approved learning frameworks for your state or territory.
To help you further build capability in this area, and to prepare you for placements, at
Swinburne Online you may choose to use the nationally approved learning
frameworks or the approved learning frameworks for your state or territory in your
assignments. For further information specific to your assignments for this specific unit,
please seek advice from your eLAs and/or your Unit Coordinator.