BSHS MATHEMATICS STAFF TEAM
Mathematics aims to develop the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provide the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built. It strives to provide students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Mathematics aims to instil in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning and of the ideas that have evolved across all cultures over thousands of years. It plays a pivotal role in the promotion of technology generally and continues to change significantly as a result of the impact of computing technologies.
The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. Students are encouraged to be engaged in autonomous learning processes, to think laterally, recognise individual and group opportunity and potential and be prepared to test options. Moreover, students are continually developed to become self-motivated and confident in their approach to learning mathematics and to work individually and collaboratively. To recognise that each person has the right to feel valued and be safe and, in this regard, understand their rights and obligations and behave responsibly are equally critical objectives.
The Mathematics Learning Area supports and contributes to the numeracy and literacy work of the school by setting expectations and providing feedback and support to students, which is consistent with community ideals in numeracy and literacy. Indeed, the Mathematics Learning Area encourages students to use language to understand, develop and convey ideas and information and interacts with others by assisting them to learn to read, write, listen to and talk about Mathematics, and to develop the range of special symbols, vocabulary and diagrammatic representations that Mathematics contributes to language.
We have a Professional Learning Community that works together on 'Power Standards' which are skills that each student should have in each year group and when they leave school. As part of this, we participate in the 'Kick Start' program where students are given help in the morning before and during Form class. We run 'Homework Lunch' with the other MESH Learning Areas. This involves helping students during lunch time to complete work that is not completed in class. We also have targeted groups such as students who need help before NAPLAN and OLNA tests. Students from all years are encouraged to compete in the Australian Mathematics Competition held each year in July/August.
The Mathematics Learning Area comprises experienced staff across all learning standards and courses. The school is fortunate to have such a talented pool of subject matter experts.
Role of Homework in Lower School
Students attending lower school Mathematics classes (Years 7 to 10) will be provided regular homework designed to summarise the critical outcomes/objectives being targeted in class during instruction. Homework should be treated seriously by students as a means to validate understanding and application of concepts learned in class.
Parents should encourage their child to study Mathematics at least three times per week by revising class notes, re-working standard examples provided by the teacher during instruction and reviewing activity worksheets. Regardless of the new skill being learned (mental or physical), students will improve their performance only by regular practice. In general, formal homework is expected to be returned (completed) by the DUE DATE. Consequences apply for non-compliance.
We always have Mathematics teachers in attendance at the homework help sessions called 'Food for Thought' held on Wednesday afternoons after school.
Pathways in the Mathematics Education
In order to cater to the different abilities of students in Year 10, the Mathematics department streams students into different pathways to help them achieve to their highest potential.
Pathway 1 is the 10A Australian Curriculum course where students will be challenged to prepare them for the Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist courses in Year 11. This Pathway will include students that have been selected to do the Gifted and Talented Program by the Department as well as top students identified by the Mathematics staff.
Pathway 2 consists of the mainstream Australian Curriculum course where students are prepared for the Mathematics Applications ATAR course in Year 11.
Pathway 3 consists of the modified program catering for students intending on studying Mathematics Essential in one of the VET courses in Year 11 and Year 12.
Years 7, 8, 9
· Respective Australian Curriculum year courses
· Pathway 1: Australian Curriculum 10A course
· Pathway 2: Australian Curriculum Year 10 course
· Pathway 3: Modified Australian Curriculum Year 10 course.
Years 11 and 12
· Mathematics Essential
· Mathematics Applications
· Mathematics Methods
· Mathematics Specialist