Mathematics is a reasoning and creative activity employing abstraction and generalisation to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. It is a significant part of the cultural heritage of many diverse societies. The symbolic nature of mathematics provides a powerful, precise and concise means of communication.
Mathematics incorporates the processes of questioning, reflecting, reasoning and proof. It is a powerful tool for solving familiar and unfamiliar problems both within and beyond mathematics. As such, it is integral to scientific and technological advances in many fields of endeavour.
In addition to its practical applications, the study of mathematics is a valuable pursuit in its own right, providing opportunities for originality, challenge and leisure.
The study of mathematics provides opportunities for students to learn to describe and apply patterns and relationships; reason, predict and solve problems; calculate accurately both mentally and in written form; estimate and measure; and interpret and communicate information presented in numerical, geometrical, graphical, statistical and algebraic forms.
Mathematics provides support for concurrent learning in other key learning areas and builds a sound foundation for further mathematics education.
The ability to make informed decisions, and to interpret and apply mathematics in a variety of contexts, is an essential component of students’ preparation for life in the twenty-first century. To participate fully in society students need to develop the capacity to critically evaluate ideas and arguments that involve mathematical concepts or that are presented in mathematical form.
St John’s College Mathematics department aims to do this through:
- A rich curriculum that extends students, differentiates learning and is designed to meet the needs of the students.
- A learning based community, valuing partnerships between parents, teachers and students with high expectations of all learners.
- Creating a positive and engaging atmosphere that supports students to share, challenge and support each other.
- Purposeful, meaningful, contemporary pedagogy.
- A culture of learning that values collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and reflection.
List of courses offered in this KLA
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9 (5.3, 5.2, 5.1 courses)
- Year 10 (5.3, 5.2, 5.1 courses)
- General Mathematics 1 and 2
- Extension 1 Mathematics
- Extension 2 Mathematics