Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians (Australian Curriculum, 2016)
The College has implemented the Australian Curriculum in mathematics from Years 4 to 12. Students will develop mathematical skills and knowledge across number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability.
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 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at the College has resulted 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.
Junior Years: In Years 7 and 8, all classes deliver the Australian Curriculum and so there is no streaming. In Years 9 and 10, all classes are ‘mainstream’ except for one advanced class in each year so that the delivery of the Australian Curriculum Year 10 Advanced class (10A) can be facilitated. In 2018, the College will be introducing Year 7 and 8 classes for students with a very high ability in Mathematics with the goal of fostering a community of excellence in this subject. These students will have demonstrated their ability through normal school assessments as well as through external tests such as CogAT, PAT and NAPLAN (see below)
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 curriculum with extension opportunities provided to students in the latter course. Our aim is to prepare boys effectively for the study of mathematics in Years 11 and 12.
Senior Years: The College offers five mathematics courses in Year 11 and 12: one Accredited course (Essential Mathematics) and four Tertiary courses (Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Methods, Specialist 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 take Mathematical Methods (Year 12) or Specialist Mathematical Methods (Year 11). Students also have the option of completing a major in Methods and a minor in Specialist.
Apart from the help offered by the Teaching and Learning Support Unit of the College, the Mathematics staff offer a variety of support to students needing anything from infrequent help to those in need of more support. This includes:
- after-school tutoring with peer tutors and Mathematics staff in the Library each Tuesday to Friday afternoon
- speed mathematics for advanced year 10 and Year 11 Mathematical Methods students on Friday mornings
- Specialist Mathematics tutoring for Year 11 and 12 students on Tuesday mornings
- Years 9 and 10 Maths Recovery on Wednesday mornings
- Years 7 and 8 Maths Recovery on Thursday mornings.
Mr Ed Mickleburgh
Head of Mathematics
Note: CogAT = Cognitive Abilities Test, PAT = Progressive Achievement Tests, NAPLAN = National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy.
* This is a new course in the ACT. It is only offered to Year 11 in 2017 and will be offered to Year11 and Year 12 in 2018.