From accounting to engineering and from geophysics to design, mathematics is arguably the single most important discipline driving technological growth and innovations. It embraces the skills, knowledge and life tools valued and needed by employers and societies worldwide.
Studying mathematics develops creativity and skills in problem solving, modelling and research, all of which can be applies in professional and everyday life - the possibilities are infinite!
Mathematics at Salisbury High School is increasingly taught within a context which promotes an appreciation of the usefulness, power and beauty of the subject. It is essential that students are equipped with a solid base mathematically related skills and attitude to enable them to adapt as their needs arise.
Extensive use of technology, such as graphics calculators and computers, is integrated into the curriculum which assists with the exploration of more complex real life situations than otherwise be possible.
Students study Mathematics under the frameworks of the Australian Curriculum. Topics are covered under the three Content Strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The mathematics curriculum focuses on developing and refining students proficiency in fluency, understanding, reasoning and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
Numeracy skills are developed and reinforced through inquiry tasks, problem solving activities and the use of the online educational program Mathletics. Students are expected to reflect regularly on their teaching and learning through weekly Quick Writes and fortnightly Learning Logs.
Summative tasks include tests, investigations, projects and literacy and numeracy taks which are assessed against the following criteria:
Students have the opportunity to specialise their studies of mathematics during year 10 by opting for an extra unit in Semester 2 which has an emphasis on algebra and geometry skills which are required for later studies in Pure Mathematics and of those students aiming for a Science/Technology/Engineering pathway at University in Stage 1 all students must complete one semester of mathematics. Mathematics is optional at Stage 2.
Stage 1 and 2 Subjects offered:
- Essential Mathematics (Numeracy) - This subject extends mathematical skills in ways that apply practical problem solving in everyday contexts such as shopping and shopping dockets, budgeting and analysing bills, cooking and healthy eating, buying and leasing cars and decorating. This course DOES NOT lead to any Stage 2 Mathematics course.
- Essential Mathematics (Vocational) - Prepares students for a range of industries and vocations such as automotive, building and construction, electrical, hairdressing, hospitality, nursing and community services, plumbing and retail.
- General Mathematics - All content is linked to modelling and business. Students should study this course if they are considering a pathway around high-end trades such as Mechanics, Electrician. Students interested in pursuing careers around nursing, accountancy, psychology etc should also consider this course.
- Mathematical Methods - Provides the foundation for further study in mathematics, economics, computer science, and the sciences. When studied together with Specialist Mathematics, this subject can be a pathway to engineering, space science and laser physics.
- Specialist Mathematics - Must be studied in conjunction with Mathematical Methods. Students should consider this course if they have an interest in the following post-school options: Engineering, Sciences, Medicine and Pure Science