Primary Mathematics

Unit code: EEC2105 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
EEC1108 - Literacy Across the Continuum 1; and
EEC1111 - Personal and Professional Learning for Teaching
Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)** for students enrolled in EBED and EBPE only.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The unit focuses on mathematical knowledge for teaching, introduces pedagogical content and will also develop confidence, creativity, and communication skills for teaching mathematics to primary school children. The content focus in this unit is number and the developmental concepts required to think mathematically across different subject areas. The unit will also draw out the connection between number concepts with other areas of mathematics in the curriculum. The unit will include exploration of mathematical vocabulary and mathematical problem solving including rich tasks, open questions and cross curricular contexts. Practices and strategies used by primary teachers to enhance student learning in understanding number, additive, multiplicative, relational and proportional thinking, as well as exploring the patterns of algebra.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the connection between number concepts and other areas of mathematics;
  2. Investigate and develop a repertoire of learning and teaching strategies relevant to the number and algebra curriculum;
  3. Plan, apply and evaluate activities that cater for the learning needs of primary students;
  4. Develop mathematical content knowledge required for teaching number and algebra in primary and middle school; and
  5. Articulate the demands for literacy in learning mathematics.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
1A. Present a numeracy activity sequence.
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
1B. Plan a numeracy activity sequence in a primary school setting
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
2A. Open book task on Mathematical content knowledge of numeration, additive and multiplicative thinking
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
2B. Open book task on Mathematical content knowledge of number on proportional reasoning and algebra.

Required reading

Links to relevant texts will be provided on VU Collaborate

As part of a course

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