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.
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.
In the Senior Years (Years 10-12):
The Year 10 Mathematics course is designed to cater for a range of student abilities. Students will journey within the mathematic subject area.
For Years 11 and 12, students may select from five mathematic subjects.
- Specialist Mathematics is designed for students who develop confidence in their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners.
- Mathematical Methods enables students to see the connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical skills to real-world problems, becoming critical thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers.
- General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus.
- Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy.
- Numeracy is integral to a person’s ability to function effectively in society.