Mathematics aims to instill in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning. The Australian Curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5): Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.
For more detailed information about Mathematics in the Junior Years, please view the Curriculum Guide.
In the Middle Years (Years 6 – 9): The Mathematics curriculum reflects the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) National Curriculum. Mathematics is now taught and assessed using four strands;
- Number – Place value, integers, real numbers and financial mathematics
- Algebra – Linear Equations and Linear Functions
- Measurement and Geometry – Perimeter, area and volume, using units of measurement, the geometry of plane shapes and 3D shapes
- Statistics and Probability – Chance, data displays, measures of centre and measures of spread
There is a large emphasis on problem-solving where students start to develop a deeper level of understanding of the concepts being taught. This encourages students to use the laws of Mathematics to justify their solutions. All students in Middle Years are placed in ability groups, allowing higher achieving students to be challenged and students with less mathematical knowledge to develop key skills in each topic.
For more detailed information about Mathematics in the Middle Years, please view the Curriculum Guide.
In the Senior Years (Years 10-12): Students may select from three mathematics subjects.
- Mathematics A may be a prerequisite for some university courses.
- Mathematics B may be a prerequisite for science and engineering-based university courses.
- Mathematics C is for those students with a strong aptitude for mathematics-based careers. For students who would like to study Mathematics C, they must also study Mathematics B concurrently.
For more detailed information about Mathematics in the Senior Years, please view the Curriculum Guide.