The inclusion of the following links is for teacher reference purposes and does not constitute VCAA endorsement of the views and/or materials contained on these sites.
Aligned Australian Curriculum Resources (Mathematics)
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The ABS provides useful data sets for
statistical investigations as well as pedagogical resources.
The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of competitions, teaching resources and professional learning opportunities in mathematics, computational thinking and algorithmics. The
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition provides an introduction to algorithms without the need to understand programming, and the online version of this competition is currently free to schools.
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The Australian Taxation Office’s
Education Zone provides a range of resources aligned to the 7 - 10 mathematics curriculum that supports the implementation of content related to financial mathematics.
Tax Super and You is a free on-line teaching and learning resource of several modules with interactive elements that provide real-world mathematical contexts for the teaching and learning of financial literacy.
Code is a non-profit US organisation that provides a range of learning resources and free educational materials related to coding. These link to US Common Core Mathematics, which is similar to the Victorian Curriculum F–10 Mathematics.
Computer Science Unplugged (CS Unplugged)
CS Unplugged is a project of the Computer Science Education Research Group at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. The project has developed a range of
free resources and activities (note: large pdf download) that cover concepts, skills and processes involving computational thinking and algorithms independently of implementation by particular digital technology or programming language. Many of the examples, problems and activities used are mathematical in nature and relate closely to the Victorian Curriculum Mathematics, in particular, the primary years.
FUSE is a Department of Education and Training (DET) website which provides access to digital resources that support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum F – 10. This includes an extensive range of activities and other resources for
primary mathematics and
MathWorld is a free on-line digital mathematics encyclopaedia resource by Wolfram Research and is linked to the free on-line computational engine
WolframAlpha. Together these provide teachers and students with access to mathematical knowledge and examples through online queries in natural language, and also a means of carrying out related numerical, graphical, statistical and symbolic computations.
MoneySmart Teaching resource
F–10 teachers are encouraged to access MoneySmart Teaching, an initiative funded by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). MoneySmart Teaching has developed a range of teaching resources designed to help children and young people improve their levels of consumer and financial literacy.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM)
The University of Utah’s NLVM collection of digital resources provides learning activities corresponding to a broad range of mathematical topics.
NRICH enriching mathematics
This University of Cambridge project provides a range of teacher and students resources.
reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry
Mathematics by Inquiry is a national program funded by the
Australian Government Department of Education and Training and managed by the
Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
The program has developed a set of free F – 10
resources for Australian schools, teachers and students that are designed to support mathematics learning in engaging and innovative ways.
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)
AMSI: www.amsi.org.au/ is a collaborative non-profit organisation representing mathematical interests in Australia. It supports mathematics educators and teachers through various activities and includes
a collection of online modules designed to support teachers further develop their mathematical background in selected topics.
One of its resources is
Mathematics of Planet Earth, a source of classroom materials that use mathematics and statistics to understand the challenges facing the world in fun and accessible ways, whilst providing teachers with related support materials, links and contacts.
Wolfram Demonstrations Project and
Computational Thinking Initiative
Wolfram Demonstrations Project provides a range of free interactive demonstrations of various topics across the school mathematics curriculum.
The Computational Thinking Initiative includes a range of cloud-based sample activity lesson plans.
Wolfram Victorian Community
The Wolfram Victorian Community is a resource provided by the Victorian Department of Education to support the implementation of STEM in the curriculum.
It includes discussion forums for the STEM areas, including mathematics, and resources for the use of Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha and System Modeller as tools to support teaching and learning in and across these areas of the curriculum. It also includes a link through which Victorian secondary teachers and students can
access these software.
Mathematics teaching and learning references
The following references provide overviews of student mathematical development and related aspects of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for the primary and/or secondary years.
Booker G, Bond D, Sparrow L, and Swan P (2010).
Teaching Primary Mathematics
4th edition. Sydney: Pearson.
Goos M, Stillman G and Vale C (2008).
Teaching Secondary School Mathematics – Research and practice for the 21st century. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Hattie J, Fisher B, Frey N, Gojak L, Delano Moore S and Mellman W. (2016).
Visible Learning for Mathematics: Grades K-12: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning. London: Corwin.
Hine G, Reaburn R, Anderson J, Galligan L, Carmichael C, Cavanagh M, Ngu B and White B. (2016).Teaching Secondary Mathematics. Melbourne: Cambridge.
Hunting R, Mousley, J and Perry, B. (2012).Young Children Learning Mathematics. Melbourne: ACER Press.
Johnston T. (2016).
Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms. York: Stenhouse.
Statements of Learning for Mathematics. Carlton: Curriculum Corporation.
Prochazka, H. (2014).
The Mathematics Book … anyone can do it!. Trevallyn: Zenolith
Serow P, Callingham R and Muir T. (2016).Primary Mathematics : Capitalising on ICT for today and tomorrow. Melbourne: Cambridge.
Siemon D, Beswick K, Brady K, Clark J, Faragher R and Warren, E. (2015).
Teaching Mathematics: Foundation to Middle Years 2nd edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Skemp R. (1989).
Structured Activities for Primary MathematicsVolumes 1 and 2. London: Routledge.
Van De Walle J A, Karp K S and Bay Williams, J M. (2010).
Elementary & Middle School Mathematics - Teaching Developmentally 7th edition. Boston: Pearson.
Teacher professional associations
The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
AAMT is the Australian mathematics teacher professional association, affiliated with state and territory associations such as the MAV, and provides teachers with mathematics curriculum, assessment and pedagogical resources such as
Top Drawer, professional development activities, occasional specific purpose national conferences, and a biennial national conference, and professional communities such as Connect with Maths.
The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)
The MAV is the Victorian mathematics teacher professional association and provides teachers with mathematics curriculum, assessment and pedagogical resources; professional development activities and regional conferences and an annual state conference in December of each year, for example:
The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
MERGA is the principal mathematics education research group in Australia, publishes research papers and conducts an annual conference that informs teachers pedagogical practice.
Third party (commercial) digital resources
There are a range of third-party (commercial) digital resources that schools may choose to use as part of their suite of teaching and learning materials. Schools and teachers will need to develop and apply their own criteria and processes for trialling and evaluating the suitability of such resources for their contexts.
To assist schools and teachers, the VCAA has reviewed several resources with respect to the following broad criteria:
- the resource covers four or more consecutive years of learning
- the resource maps to the Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics and cover all three mathematics strands
- the resource supports teachers to identify additional learning needs and appropriate intervention/s after a teaching and learning sequence has taken place and diagnostic data obtained
- the resource provides digital (and possibly other) materials to support targeted teaching/learning for individuals, small groups and larger groups of students
- the resource provides diagnostic tools and/or analytics to help monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement.
Information about third party resources which meet the above criteria is available here.