Teachers aim to provide mathematical experiences that are interesting, useful and purposeful for all students in the class. In addition, tasks are selected which are challenging and require students to take risks and deal with unfamiliar situations. Learning has a better chance of becoming embedded when students are allowed to build upon previous knowledge and experience. The use of concrete materials provides a strong foundation to develop and consolidate abstract concepts. In order to develop higher order Mathematical thinking, students are encouraged to discuss their work and their thought processes as they work towards a solution. Opportunities are given for students to work in groups and pairs, as well as individually.
The syllabus is divided into the following Victorian Curriculum strands:
Number and Algebra
Statistics and Probability
Measurement and Geometry
The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are applied within each of the aforementioned strands.
Understanding refers to students building a robust knowledge of adaptable and transferable mathematical concepts and structures. Students make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to develop new ideas. They develop an understanding of the relationship between the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of mathematics.
Fluency describes students developing skills in choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately, and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily
Problem solving is the ability of students to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, select and use technological functions and communicate solutions effectively.
Reasoning refers to students developing an increasingly sophisticated capacity for logical, statistical and probabilistic thinking and actions, such as conjecturing, hypothesising, analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying, refuting, abstracting and generalising
High Achievers’ Program
The High Achievers’ Program (HAP) provides an integrated approach to the study of rich tasks across Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities. It provides extension and enrichment opportunities to students who require more challenging higher-order thinking tasks.
The Maths Club runs every day at lunchtime enabling students to gain assistance when they need it. The school uses student tutors to facilitate learning and understanding whilst under the guidance of Maths staff.
Students may participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Mathematics, a series of 35 multiple choice questions and 5 free response questions, held in the middle of the year. Students are also encouraged to enter other competitions such as the Australian Maths Competition, as well as the University of Melbourne Maths Competition. Year 7 and Year 9 students also complete the federal National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
For more information, please contact the Head of our Mathematics Department, Mr Steve Thomson, by email firstname.lastname@example.org.