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Mathematics

 

INTRODUCTION:

 
The Mathematics Faculty at St Johns Park High School is a dynamic faculty, which aims to enhance the intellectual mathematical development of all students. It strives to do so by developing students’ mathematical thinking, competence, understanding, problem solving ability and application of the subject in everyday situations.

New technologies are embraced within the mathematical courses and this strengthens curriculum perspectives such as Literacy, Numeracy, Creative Thinking, Aboriginal Education, Environmental Education and Vocational Education.
We implement innovative practices for 21st century learners and learning through targeted ICT initiatives and relevant research incorporating the Quality Teaching framework, differentiation and Instructional Practices into faculty programming. For Years 7–10 we have created new programs based on the new Board of Studies syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum.

AIMS:

 
We strive to create a cohesive and successful faculty displaying a positive and collegial learning culture. Our students have regularly achieved outstanding results at Higher School Certificate level. In particular the year 12 students in 2014 where 100% of Mathematics Extension 2 students received Band 6, 45% of Mathematics Extension 1 students received Band 6 and over 50% of Mathematics students received Band 5 & 6. This resulted in a total of 42 Band 6 for students studying a HSC Mathematics course at St Johns Park High School. 

COURSES:

 
In Year 7-10, it is compulsory for all students to study mathematics. In Years 11 and 12, Mathematics is optional, but the majority of senior students undertake a mathematics course for the HSC.

Years 7 – 8 (Stage 4)
In Stage 4, students are actively involved in learning mathematical skills to solve problems. Mathematics is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands.

The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt.

The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics. They provide the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of mathematics and have been incorporated into the content descriptions of the three content strands described above. This approach has been adopted to ensure students’ proficiency in mathematical skills develops throughout the curriculum and becomes increasingly sophisticated over the years of schooling.
In Stage 4, the topics are: 
In Year 8 we incorporate Project Based Learning (PBL) for Data collection, representation and analysis.

Years 9 – 10 (Stage 5)
At the beginning of Year 9, students are divided into three levels depending on their skill and achievement in Mathematics in Years 7 and 8, although students may change levels during Year 9 and, in exceptional cases, in Year 10.

The levels are:
Stage 5.3
This is the Advanced Course and the most challenging and abstract. It caters for students who excel in Mathematics and wish to undertake Mathematics in the Years 11 and 12 (Stage 6). The relevant Stage 6 courses leading from 5.3 are Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 or Mathematics Extension 2.

Stage 5.2
This is the Intermediate Course and a sound grasp of Stage 4 concepts and skills is needed. It extends the knowledge and skills achieved in Stage 5.1. Only very capable Stage 5.2 students could proceed to Preliminary Mathematics. This course is a good basis for Preliminary General Mathematics in Year 11 and 12.

Stage 5.1
This is the Standard Course and builds on knowledge and skills from Stage 4 and provides the opportunity for students to experience some of the applications of mathematics to their lives. Only very capable Stage 5.1 students could proceed to the Preliminary General Mathematics course in Years 11 and 12. 

Years 11 – 12 (Stage 6)
Mathematics in the senior years is no longer compulsory but a large number of our students elect to study one of the mathematics courses below:

General Mathematics (2 Units)
This course builds on the content studied in the course of 5.1 (Standard) and 5.2 (Intermediate) in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5). Students who are not strong at mathematics and do not wish to specialise in this discipline are advised to select this course. Areas of mathematics that have direct application to the broad range of human activity are covered and the course provides a strong foundation for students undertaking further training or entering the workforce.

Mathematics (2 Units)
This course is based on the assumption that students have studied the 5.3 (Advanced) course in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) and have demonstrated high competence in the skills of Stage 5. It is a sufficient basis for further studies in mathematics as a minor discipline at tertiary level in support of courses such as the life sciences or commerce and includes a comprehensive introduction to calculus.

Mathematics Extension 1 (1 unit studied with Mathematics 2 unit)
This course is intended for students who have demonstrated a mastery of the skills of Stage 5 and who have an interest to study further skills and ideas in mathematics. It is a difficult course and is a recommended minimum basis for further studies in mathematics as a major discipline at tertiary level. Students who possess outstanding mathematical ability in the Extension 1 course can consider undertaking the Extension 2 course in Year 12 (HSC level).

Mathematics Extension 2 (4 Unit)
This course is designed for students with a special interest and aptitude for the subject. It is a distinctly high level of mathematics that allows for suitable preparation for study of mathematics at tertiary level.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:

• Pens (Blue/Black, Red)
• Pencil and eraser
• Ruler
• Geometry set
• Exercise book
• Scientific Calculator (Board of Studies approved)

MOODLE:

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. The platform can be used for e-learning projects in University, Corporate training, School and Other sectors.

The mathematics faculty incorporates and encourages the use of moodle in teaching and learning across all stage 4, 5 and 6 mathematics syllabuses. Students are able to login through the school portal, located on the schools website home page. Once students are logged in through the portal they can access documents relating to their specific course. The mathematics faculty has integrated documents such as:

• Scope and sequences
• Textbook information
• Worksheets & lessons
• Stage 4, 5 & 6 documentation
• Preliminary & HSC documentation

Please follow the steps below to access the SJPHS mathematics moodle location:

SJPHS Website School Portal Maths

For further information on how to logon to the school portal please visit the mathematics staffroom or see the schools technical support officer (TSO).

ACCELERATED MATHEMATICS PROGRAM:


At St Johns Park high school we work in accordance with the departmental policy of identifying and nurturing gifted and talented students who possess superior intellectual abilities and has potential for outstanding achievements. These students need differentiated educational opportunity if they are to realise their unique potential.

The Acceleration Program in Mathematics is for students that are Gifted and Talented in Mathematics. The program is a commitment from Year 9 to Year 12. Students will complete the School Certificate, Preliminary Higher School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate in Mathematics under a modified time frame.

Year 9 students will work to complete the course of study that satisfies the Board’s curriculum and assessment requirements for the RoSA by the end of Year 9.
In Year 10 students will commence the Preliminary Higher School Certificate in Mathematics and Extension 1. This will be completed by the conclusion of Term 3, Year 10. The Higher School Certificate course will commence in Term 4.

In Year 11, students will complete the remainder of the Higher School Certificate Course and sit the HSC exam in October as well as explore the Option to commence Extension 2 Mathematics.
The benefits of this program include;

• Giving students an opportunity to indulge their passion for mathematics.
• Early completion of the Mathematics program for School Certificate and Higher School Certificate credentials.
• Greater flexibility in Year 12 for students to devote time to other HSC subjects.
Participation in the program is by invitation only. A separate application must be completed and handed to the Head Teacher of Mathematics. An enrolment panel reviews all applications.

Current Year Accelerated Class
Year 9 Complete Year 9 & 10
Year 10 Complete Year 11-Preliminary
Year 11 Complete Year 12-HSC 

AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION:

 
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. Since then it has served almost all Australian secondary schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 40 countries around the globe. From a secondary education perspective, there are three papers:

• Junior (Years 7– 8)
• Intermediate (Years 9–10)
• Senior (Years 11–12)

The AMC is a fun competition with many of the problems set in situations familiar to students and showing the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. The problems are also designed to stimulate discussion and can be used by teachers and students as springboards for investigation.

St Johns Park High School has been involved in the competition for over 25 years and we will continue to promote the competition in the future. At our school, approximately 200 students enter the competition every year with over 60% of students achieving distinction or credit levels. We encourage all students studying mathematics to enter the competition. For further information please see your mathematics teacher or visit the SJPHS mathematics staffroom. 

SJPHS Australian Mathematics Competition 2015

MANGAHIGH.COM-Online Mathematics Program:


Mangahigh.com is one of the world’s first games-based-learning sites, where students learn Mathematics via purpose-built casual games that balance fun and learning.
Games-Based Learning fuses computer games and academic subjects to provide a compelling and exciting supplement to traditional pedagogy. Many scientific studies have shown that students perform better with the help of Games-Based Learning.

The site gives access to a range of interactive games and practice questions; teachers may at times direct their class to particular areas of the site to support what is being taught in Maths lessons. Usernames and passwords will be given to students via their mathematics classroom teacher.

We hope that the children will find Mangahigh an enjoyable way to improve their Maths skills – whilst having fun at the same time!