‘Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians’ (Australian Curriculum, 2016)
This year St Edmunds College is implementing the Australian Curriculum in mathematics from Year 4 to 12. Students will develop mathematical skills and knowledge across number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability strands of the curriculum.
The mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. These proficiencies enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. The curriculum provides students with carefully paced, in-depth study of critical skills and concepts. It encourages teachers to help students become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences. (Australian Curriculum, 2016).
The implementation of the BYOD program at the College will result in the increased incorporation of digital technologies within mathematics classrooms. This provides the opportunity for students to engage with digital technologies as an aid in the development of conceptual ideas as well as providing access to new learning tools that present mathematics in a real world context.
Year 8 and Year 9 are divided into mainstream classes with one extended class in each year level.
Year 10 is divided into mainstream Year 10 and the Year 10A (Advanced). The Year 10A course completes both the mainstream curriculum as well as the Year 10A curriculum. The Year 10A course is academically demanding and fast paced. An important consideration in the placement of students is where they will achieve the most success. Both mainstream and the 10A course will complete the same assessments with extension opportunities provided. Our aim is to prepare boys effectively for the study of mathematics in Years 11 and 12.
This year the College will be offering four mathematics courses in Year 11 and 12; one accredited course Essential Mathematics and three Tertiary courses Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.
Essential Mathematics, Mathematical Applications and Mathematical Methods can be taken as either a major or minor towards the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. Students studying Specialist Mathematics, must also be studying Mathematical Methods, and can complete a double major or major minor in Specialist Mathematics. Students who complete fewer than two units in Specialist Mathematics will include these units towards a major in Specialist Methods.
Ms Frances Sargeant