Mathematics courses aim to create confidence and enjoyment in doing mathematical activities. Students develop an awareness of how maths can be used to solve problems in everyday life. They also learn of its contribution to the development of society.
Mathematics courses also aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:
1. logical, flexible, fluent and original thinking;
2. computation and problem solving skills;
3. appropriate language for the effective communication of mathematical ideas and experiences;
4. an ability to recognize mathematical patterns and relationships;
5. a variety of methods for calculation and problem solving;
6. an awareness of the basic structure of mathematics by an appreciation of the nature and inter-relationship of the various strands of mathematics.
The Mathematics Department's Teaching and Learning programs are based on Board of Studies syllabuses. They have been divided into their relevant stages to promote differentiation and ease of access to parents and key stakeholders. The NSW Department of Education and Communities (NSW DEC) and BSW Board of Studies (NSW BOSTES) have mandated that the combined minimum requirements for students studying Mathematics over Years 7 to 10 in government schools us 500 hours.
In Years 7 and 8 students typically study Stage 4 based on their chronological age. In Years 9 to 10 students work towards achieving Stage 5 and may study units selected for their class from Substage 5.3, Substage 5.2, and Substage 5.1.
In Years 11 and 12 students study courses selected from Stage 6. Students should read the documents provided under Mathematics > Courses > Course Selection and refer to their Subject Selection booklet when making these choices.
Students in Years 9 and 10 are offered the opportunity to select to complete electives. These students will study Contemporary Mathematics.
The NSW BOSTES Syllabus has been fully implemented from Years 7 to 10. Units of work have been created and sequenced to promote the conceptual development of each of our students. You can view our curriculum sequence below and access each of our units of work by selecting the appropriate stage from the side menu.
Curriculum Sequence (pdf 272 KB)