Mathematics is used in many areas of daily life as well as in specialised fields of work. For example, you need mathematical skills to:
- work out how much money you have to spend at the shopping centre
- keep track of your saving or spending in bank accounts
- read timetables for buses and trains
- read a clock (digital or analogue) and get to appointments on time
- mix ingredients for cakes as well as concrete for bricklaying
- measure lengths and widths accurately to build a house
Mathematics is compulsory for all students from Years 7 to 10.
The Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) in its 1997 National Report on Schooling in Australia stated:
Numeracy is the effective use of mathematics to meet the general demands of life at home, in paid work, and for participation in community and civic life.
At Cranbourne East Secondary College our Mathematics lessons focus on helping students to develop their numeracy skills in all areas of Mathematics, so that they can go out into the wide world and be successful, confident individuals.
We take the time to find out what our students already know and focus on moving them forward in their learning. Worded problems and other real-life situations allow the students to make decisions about which skills to use and how to use them. Hands-on activities, computer programs, class and whole school competitions and discussions are just some of the other methods we use to engage students in Mathematics.
S.T.E.M. in Year 10
In Year 10 this year we are piloting a S.T.E.M. program. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. The STEM program is designed to give students, whose mathematical skills and understandings are above the expected level, the opportunity to develop and extend themselves in an environment with like-minded others. Students will be expected to apply their skills to solving complex problems as well as extend their abilities through discussion and reflection. Although the topics will be aligned with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VicVELS), additional content will be introduced to extend student’s mathematical studies.
Depending on the success of the S.T.E.M. program in Year 10 this year, we hope to extend this program to other levels over time from 2018.
In VCE we currently offer the following curriculum:
- Year 11
- General Mathematics units 1 & 2 and Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2
- Year 12
- Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4 and Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4
Our 2017 Years 7 to 10 curriculum topics and examples of assessment can be viewed here.