Mathematics at Elderslie High School
The Mathematics faculty is comprised of highly experienced, dedicated staff who continuously strive to deliver quality mathematics lessons. They provide a range of learning experiences and opportunities for our students, resulting in excellent progress through their high school lives. Students are offered the chance to learn in both traditional methods as well as 21st century styles which include strong ICT links. Incorporating these methods ensures skill development remains strong while also being competent with digital applications of mathematics.
The Mathematics courses cover content from the elements of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Students learn a range of skills which will inform their daily lives as well as their professional ambitions, ensuring they each succeed as people. The learning environment fosters confidence and opportunity to engage in critical problem solving and mathematical thinking.
Mathematics courses also aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:
· logical, flexible, fluent and original thinking
· computation and problem solving skills
· appropriate language for the effective communication of mathematical ideas and experiences
· an ability to recognise mathematical patterns and relationships
· a variety of methods for calculation and problem solving
· an awareness of the basic structure of Mathematics by an appreciation of the nature and interrelationship of the various strands of Mathematics.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in NSW from Year 7 to Year 10 (but optional in Year 11 and Year 12). The Mathematics syllabus recognises that the students develop mathematical skills at different rates to those in other subjects. For this reason the Mathematics course is a continuum of learning that occurs from the beginning of primary school to the completion of Year 10.
At Elderslie High School, the Mathematics Faculty fully supports the spirit of the learning continuum by offerring differentiated learning for all students. Year 7 and 8 classes are structured to follow the Stage 4 syllabus. All classes follow the same program that is then modified or extended based on the needs and abilities of the students.