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Mathematics

 
Mathematics aims to provide students with the opportunity to participate more fully in lifelong learning and to appreciate that Mathematics is a:
·       Unique and powerful way of viewing the world to investigate patterns, order, generality and uncertainty
·       Way of thinking in which problems are explored through observation reflection and logical, inductive or deductive reasoning
·       Powerful, concise and unambiguous symbolic system with written, spoken and visual components
·       Creative activity with its own intrinsic value, involving invention, intuition and exploration.

Junior Secondary

During the Junior Secondary years, students will study a spiralling curriculum where in each year students revisit previous knowledge and skills and then build on these.  Students will have access to online learning through the Education Queensland Portal “The Learning Place” and the online homework and learning website “Mangahigh”.  Tutoring will be available every Thursday from 3pm to 4pm and homework club will be available every Tuesday and Thursday during first break, both in the resource centre.  Students are required to have the minimum of a scientific calculator for all junior mathematics classes.
The three strands which the form the National Mathematics Curriculum include:
·       Number and Algebra
·       Measurement and Geometry
·       Statistics and Probability
The four criteria for assessment purposes include:
·       Fluency
·       Understanding
·       Problem Solving
·       Reasoning
A variety of assessment instruments will be used to determine student’s knowledge and understanding as well as their ability to problem solve and provide reasoning for their decisions. 
Assessment instruments include:
·       Formative tasks – exit passes, pre-tests, post-tests, ongoing monitoring of student’s understanding of concepts being taught and learned
·       Written exams – closed book
·       Assignments – individual &/or small group work
·       In-class tasks
In order for students to be “Learning for Success” our mathematics classes are layered across the junior secondary into three levels:
·       Foundation
·       Core
·       Extension

Senior Secondary

During the Senior Secondary years, students have the opportunity to study an Authority Subject or a Non-Authority Subject which will both attract 4 QCE points and 4 semesters of credit.  For each of the four different senior mathematics subjects, students are required to have the minimum of a scientific calculator, and for mathematics B and C, students are required to have a graphics calculator (as part of the school’s textbook hire scheme or it can be purchased individually).
The Non-Authority subject is called Prevocational Mathematics.  This prepares students towards employment and courses where an OP or tertiary rank is not required.  PVM will provide a range of learning experiences that:
·       include concrete, practical, hands-on activities
·       draw from a variety of everyday and workplace contexts
·       may span several topics
·       provide opportunities for students to revisit concepts and consolidate their understanding
The five topics are:
·       Mathematics for interpreting society: number
·       Mathematics for interpreting society: data
·       Mathematics for personal organisation: location and time
·       Mathematics for practical purposes: measurement
·       Mathematics for personal organisation: finance
Assessment criteria includes:
·       Knowing
·       Applying
·       Explaining
Assessment instruments include:
·       In-class tasks – eg. open book exams
·       Assignments – individual and/or small group eg. posters, presentations, investigations
 
Year
Term
Topics in context
 
1
Taking a gamble, Maths in Hospitals
11
2
Earning money, Health and exercise
 
3
Travel, Cars and mobiles
 
4
Practical statistics, Scale drawings
 
1
Rent, Buying a house
12
2
Building a house, Travelling overseas
 
3
Humber Bridge, Renovating the room
 
4
Problem solving
 
The Authority subjects are Mathematics A, Mathematics B and Mathematics C.  These specialist subjects prepare students for a wide range of educational and employment aspirations and the pursuit of further study and training at tertiary level.
Assessment instruments include:
·       Supervised exams
·       Extended modelling and problem solving tasks
·       Reports
Assessment criteria include:
·       Knowledge and Procedures
·       Modelling and Problem solving
·       Communication and Justification
 
Mathematics A is a recommended for further study and training for professions and technical trades in a range of industries and employment areas including:
·       Manufacturing and processing
·       Building and construction
·       Hospitality and tourism
·       Administration and management
·       Education and training
·       Health services
·       Retail services
·       Mechanics and engineering
 
Seven core topics:
Linking 2 & 3 Dimensions
Land Measurement
Exploring & Understanding data
Managing Money I
Managing Money II
Networking
Queuing
 
Mathematics B is designed for students whose future pathways may involve mathematics and statistics, and their application, in a range of disciplines at the tertiary level, including:
·       Mathematics and statistics
·       Mathematics and science education
·       Natural and physical sciences
·       Medical and health sciences, including human biology, biomedical, nanoscience and forensics
·       Engineering sciences, including avionics, chemical, civil, communications, electrical, mechanical and mining
·       Information technology and computer science, including electronic and software
·       Mathematical applications in: energy and resources, management and conservation, climatology, design and build environment, industry, manufacturing and trades, business and tourism
Seven core topics:
Introduction to functions
Rates of change
Periodic functions & applications
Exponential and logarithmic functions and applications
Introduction to integrations
Applied statistical analysis
Optimisation
 
Mathematics C (designed to be taken in conjunction with Mathematics B)  is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics, including those intending to study mathematics, statistics, all sciences and associated fields, economics or engineering at university. Study at tertiary level could include:
·       Mathematics and statistics
·       Mathematics and science education
·       Natural and physical sciences
·       Medical and health sciences, including human biology, biomedical, nanoscience and forensics
·       Engineering sciences, including avionics, chemical, civil, communications, electrical, mechanical and mining
·       Information technology and computer science, including electronic and software
·       Mathematical applications in: energy and resources, management and conservation, climatology, design and built environment
 
Concepts to be studied will include:
Groups
Real and complex number systems
Matrices and Vectors
Calculus
Mathematical structures
Linear programming
Conics
Dynamic
Advanced periodic and exponential functions