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.
Our Maths Classes
Every Maths class has a focus on growth, student empowerment and effort. Teachers value, track and celebrate growth for each student on an individual basis which means that each student is doing their personal best. Students participate in a range of activities including hands-on problem-solving tasks and strategic puzzle challenges (to teach reasoning skills). Student learning is supported through the use of Mathspace which is an online program that allows students to learn Maths at their own point of need.
In Years 7,8, 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 and will also be introduced to reasoning and problem-solving investigations to fully prepare them for VCE studies.
In VCE we currently offer the following curriculums:
- Foundation Mathematics Units 1 & 2
- General Mathematics Units 1 & 2
- Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2
- Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2
- Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4
- Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4
- Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4