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MATHEMATICS

The Mathematics Faculty at Marist College Eastwood exist as an integral element in the organisation of a school which strives to offer to all students an education which is Catholic and Marist in nature. As such, the teachers in the Mathematics Faculty aim to do their part in imparting this Christian instruction through their Mathematics teaching and through their attitudes and conduct towards their students at all times.

Our students learn Mathematics in an environment that fosters creativity. Students are encouraged to realise their potential and are provided a range of learning opportunities in order to achieve. The Mathematics Faculty are outstanding teachers with a breadth of experience who support student learning by combining expertise, innovation and creativity within the classroom. ICT is used to deepen the understanding of abstract concepts to assist students in achieving deep learning.

Curriculum

Students are now studying the Australian Curriculum in years 7-10, with a focus on the NESA Stage 4 & 5 Syllabi. Access to this Syllabus can be gained via the NESA website.

Content is divided into three main strands

  • Number and Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Measurement and Geometry

‘Working Mathematically’ is an essential part of the learning process and the components of ‘Working Mathematically’ are integrated across all strands. These allow students to apply the Mathematics they are learning to a range of problem solving situations. These components include:

  • Communicating
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Understanding
  • Fluency

STAGE 4 MATHEMATICS (Years 7 & 8)

By the end of Stage 4, students use text, diagrams, tables, mathematical terminology and algebraic notations to communicate a variety of ideas and link concepts and processes developed. They are required to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve real-life problems and analyse their solutions to these problems.

Assessments over the year include a Research Project in term 1 and formal assessments in terms 2, 3 and 4. The formal assessments include a 15 mark Working Mathematically section where students demonstrate their ability to utilise their knowledge to solve problems and communicate their process.

STAGE 5 MATHEMATICS (Years 9 & 10)

The course structure in Stage 5 is designed to cater to the wide range of abilities of students. The Stage 5.1 course is incorporated into the stage 5.2 course and the stage 5.3 course incorporates all the content of the 5.1 and 5.2 courses.

These courses create pathways into years 11 and 12.

Stage 5.3 Course is required for success in 2 Unit Mathematics Advanced and Mathematics Extension 1 Courses.

Stage 5.2 Course: Students who have studied at this level should be studying Preliminary Mathematics Standard in year 11 and Mathematics Standard 1 or 2 in year 12. Students who study this course do not have the pre-requisite knowledge required to succeed in the 2 Unit Mathematics Advanced course or the Extension 1 course.

Stage 5.1 Course: It is suggested that students in this course study the Preliminary Standard course in year 11 and the Non-ATAR Standard 1 Course in year 12 or no Mathematics in years 11 and 12.

STAGE 6 MATHEMATICS (Years 11 & 12)

For more information regarding these courses please go to the NESA website to access the syllabus documents.

Mathematics General 1 (Non-ATAR) & 2:

New Mathematics Standard 1(Non-ATAR) & 2 . This course replaces the Mathematics General course.

NESA has provided new Guidelines for Assessment and in all of the HSC courses a Major Project/Investigation is required as one of the assessments.

Mathematics Advanced (2 Unit): Students need to have completed the Stage 5.3 course to cope with the demands of this course.

Mathematics Extension 1: Students need to have completed the Stage 5.3 course to cope with the demands of this course.

Mathematics Extension 2: This course is by invitation only. It is expected that students seeking to study at this level should have a 90+% average in Mathematics Advanced and a 75+% average in Extension 1 in order to be considered for acceptance in this course.

COMPETITIONS

As part of the Mathematics Curriculum, students participate in a number of competitions. These competitions include:

  • Australian Mathematics Competition
  • The Mathematics Challenge

Students at MCE have achieved outstanding results across all these competitions.

Ms Jenny Brown
Mathematics Coordinator
February 2020

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