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
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. 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.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING GROUPS in Years 7 & 8
Year 7 – Students are pre-tested to find out what they already know about each Mathematics topic. Then they are placed in Flexible Learning Groups. Teachers use the pre-test data to inform them of what they need to teach. Students and teachers discuss the pre-test data together so that the students are also aware of what they need to learn. At the end of each topic, the students sit a post-test to see what they have learned and how much they have improved their Mathematical skills.
Year 8 – Students are placed in Flexible Learning Groups, based on their Year 7 post-test results for each topic. Teachers use this data to inform them of what they need to teach. Students and teachers also discuss the data together so that the students are aware of what they need to learn. At the end of each topic, the students sit a post-test to see what they have learned and how much they have improved their Mathematical skills.
ENRICHMENT in Years 9 & 10 – In Years 9 & 10 we are running Enrichment programs for students who are working above the expected Vic Curriculum levels in their Mathematical studies. Students will continue to develop skills for each of the Mathematics topics of Year 10 Maths and will also be introduced to Maths Methods skills and understandings to prepare them for Year 11 VCE studies.
In VCE we currently offer the following curriculums:
- General Mathematics Units 1 & 2
- Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2
- Specialist Maths Units 1 & 2
- Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4
- Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4