Mathematics

Aims of the Mathematics Learning Area are:

  • To make Mathematics an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all students.

  • To give every student a firm foundation of knowledge for further study.

  • To help develop a positive attitude to the subject and to give students increased confidence.

  • To ensure students have a competent level of functional numeracy

Kindergarten to Year 6

Through carefully structured programmes, effective teaching and learning experiences and opportunities are created to develop the children’s Mathematical knowledge, skills and strategies within the Junior School. Practical, hand-on activities allow the children to make real-world connections, challenge their thinking and create deeper levels of understanding.
 
A feature of the Numeracy programme is that the children learn to solve problems.  Through investigations, the children make discoveries, connect prior knowledge to new knowledge, develop their mental skills, learn mathematical terms and become confident mathematicians who are willing to ‘take risks’ in their learning.

Students from Pre-Primary to Year Six undergo various numeracy assessments at the start of each year (including PIPS, inCAS and PAT-Maths) and their progress is tracked to ensure that all student needs are being catered for. The school offers varied Numeracy Support which may take the form of extension, consolidation or one-on-one assistance.

Students within the Junior School also have access to Mathletics (a computer generated program that may assist with numeracy and extension) and some have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Years 7 - 10

MYP Mathematics aims to give students an appreciation of the usefulness, power and beauty of the subject. The language of Mathematics enables people to model events and situations, and provides a key to understanding the world in which we live. A study of Mathematics also provides the opportunity to study the language of Mathematics for its own sake.

With the rapid pace of technological development, it is difficult to foresee the mathematical knowledge that students will need during their lifetime. Therefore, it is essential that students are equipped with a solid base of mathematical knowledge, related skills and attitudes to enable them to adapt as their needs arise. The development of Problem Solving skills is also a focus that will help develop student’s life-long learning.

Students within the Middle School also have access to Mathletics (a computer generated program that may assist with numeracy and extension) and some have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Years 11 - 12

The Mathematics courses in Senior School have been designed to cater for the full range of student abilities and their Mathematics achievement at the beginning of their senior years of schooling. The units are written as a sequential development of mathematical concepts, understandings and skills. Mathematics Essentials emphasises practical uses of Mathematics for daily life and the workplace. Mathematics Applications, Methods and Specialist units extend the mathematical development in all areas, providing preparation for daily life, the workplace and further studies.