Spatial reasoning plays an integral role in mathematical thinking and the development of mathematical patterns and relationships. An awareness of mathematical pattern and structure (AMPS) underpins this learning. The assessment of spatial reasoning through interview-based tasks requires students to visualise and represent mathematical ideas that connect different concepts and relationships across number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and data. Examples of interview-based assessment tasks will show how these concepts can be connected. A new program in development, the Spatial Reasoning Mathematics Program (SRMP) will exemplify how this integrated approach connects patterns and structures with spatial processes such as transformations (flips, slides and turns) and symmetry, mapping and directionality.
ENGAGING CHILDREN IN MATHEMATICAL THINKING THROUGH SPATIAL REASONING