The Lathlain Way – Numeracy

All Mathematics lessons at Lathlain follow the whole school approach to teaching known as The Lathlain Way. They adhere to the same five step process of explicit teaching that underpins all teaching at Lathlain but with a focus on numeracy.

All Mathematics lessons at Lathlain are underpinned by the WA Curriculum, with a focus on the four proficiency strands. This focus is an integral part of all Mathematics content across the three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The proficiencies are used to reinforce the significance of working mathematically.

Proficiency Strands:

  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Fluency
  • Understanding
The Lathlain Way Teaching Cycle

Our Beliefs

  1. Mathematics must be explicitly taught, following The Lathlain Way.
  2. Mathematics learning should be hands on. Ensuring wherever possible concrete materials are used throughout all stages of The Lathlain Way.
  3. Learning must progress from concrete to representational before abstract learning can take place.
  4. Mathematics should be explored using real world contexts wherever possible. Students must understand the ‘why’ behind their work.
  5. Problem solving, reasoning, fluency and understanding form the ‘backbone’ of all mathematical learning.
  6. Effective Mathematics teaching provides students with appropriate challenges that encourage problem solving and provide a productive struggle and encourages students to check the reasonableness of their answers.

Supplementary Programs

Lathlain uses a variety of high quality supplementary numeracy programs that are designed enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics. They include the following:


iMaths is an investigation-based program, where skills are explicitly taught and practised, and then applied to relevant, real-life investigations. Problem-solving strategies are also explicitly taught and used during the investigations, encouraging the use of higher-order thinking.

The program provides plenty of opportunities for differentiation, to cater for the diverse learning needs of students.