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Hurstville Boys Campus

Hurstville Boys Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 9587 3199

Emailhurstvillb-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics

Mathematics

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The study of Mathematics is mandatory for Kindergarten to Year 10.

By studying mathematics, students learn to work mathematically – developing fluency, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills.

The syllabus consists of the following strands:

·         number and algebra

·         measurement and geometry

·         statistics and probability

The mathematics faculty of Georges River College Hurstville Boys Campus prides itself on providing opportunity for all students to achieve academic success in this subject. Many students demonstrate improvement in Mathematics and achieve high results in both internal and external assessments. Teachers in the mathematics faculty have high expectations of their students, and enjoy seeing each student's success.

Our aims/objectives are:

·         Students to reach their potential whilst enjoying learning Mathematics

·         Students to understand the relevance of mathematics in our world

·         Students to be constantly challenged by the work presented to them

·         Students to be able to understand and apply the numeracy demands of all of their subjects

Our year structures

·         Year 7 students remain in the same class for all subjects.

·         Year 8, 9 and 10 classes are graded by their mathematics ability.

·         Students in Years 9 & 10 may follow the 5.1, 5.2 or 5.3 (top) courses, depending on their class and ability.

·         In Years 9 and 10, the mathematics faculty offers the accelerated course for students identified as highly potential and gifted. This course involves the completion of stage 5 mathematics in Year 9 and the Preliminary Mathematics Advanced course in Year 10.

Student requirements

·         pens (blue/black, red)

·         pencil and eraser

·         ruler

·         grid book

·         approved scientific calculator (Casio fx-82 Plus II is preferred and can be purchased at the school office)

·         geometry set

·         diary

Homework and assessment

Students are set homework after each mathematics lesson. Homework can be in the form of worksheets, textbook exercises or work set on Mathspace. Each student is provided with a Mathspace account and is expected to access it on a daily basis.

Assessment is ongoing in the mathematics faculty. Students get to demonstrate their understanding of topics over a number of tests, assignments, presentations and major examinations. An emphasis in the classroom is the setting out and presentation of working in each student's bookwork. This is an extremely important aspect in Mathematics. Students need to communicate their understanding of a concept by clearly setting out a solution to each question asked.

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