The Mathematics Department offers many appropriate levels of courses in Mathematics subjects from Year 7 to 12. It is a major priority in Mathematics to choose the most appropriate level for each student, giving them the best opportunity to maximise their possibility for success at that level. Confidence for any student is essential for success.
Opportunity for Success
We believe in 'setting the students up for success' wherever possible, not for failure. In Years 7-10, Mathematics is compulsory and is taught at three distinct levels - Advanced, Standard and General. Each level is derived from the WA Curriculum. In Year 7 all students study at the same level and differentiation occurs within the class. In Years 8 and 9 students will study Mathematics at either the Standard or Advanced level. In Year 10 students will study Mathematics at either the General, Standard or Advanced level. The General level is to support students who are required to sit an OLNA Numeracy assessment.
Every effort is made to place each student in the appropriate level after studying their previous results. As far as possible, we provide the opportunity for students to move between levels as we observe what we believe is in the best interest of the individual students, especially in Years 7- 9.
Assessment of student progress is done through three formats. Response tasks (tests), examinations (Yr 10 to 12) and investigative tasks. Investigative tasks get students to explore mathematics using the Mathematical Thinking Process or Statistical Investigative Process.
In Years 11 and 12, there exists a wider choice of Mathematics courses of differing levels than those in Years 7-10. The courses offered in Year 11 and 12 are Mathematics Foundation, Mathematics Essential, Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist.
The Foundation course provides support for students still requiring to pass their OLNA numeracy assessment.
The Essential course involves solving problems in real contexts for a range of workplace, personal, further learning and community settings. The course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for post-school options of employment and further training.
The Applications course is for students who want to extend their mathematical skills, but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require knowledge of calculus. The course is designed for students who have a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including continuing their studies at university or TAFE.
The Methods course is for students whose future pathways may involve mathematics, including calculus and statistics and their applications, in a range of disciplines at the tertiary level.
The Specialist course is to be studied in conjunction with the Mathematics Methods course as preparation for entry to specialised university courses such as engineering, physical sciences and mathematics.