Mathematics

 

 

Head of Learning


Ms Joanne Stevens


Email joanne.stevens@education.wa.edu.au



Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. The Western Australian Curriculum in Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.


The Western Australian Curriculum in Mathematics aims to ensure that students:


  • are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens.


  • develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.


  • recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.


In Year 11 and 12 there are five mathematics courses offered at North Albany SHS, two General and three ATAR. Each course is organised into four units. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are taken in Year 11 and Unit 3 and Unit 4 in Year 12. The ATAR course examination for each of the three ATAR courses is based on Unit 3 and Unit 4 only.


The courses are differentiated, each focusing on a pathway that will meet the learning needs of a particular group of senior secondary students.


We recognise at North Albany that students have many different skills and interests. We aim to provide all students with a sound working knowledge in mathematics. We encourage and support students talented in mathematics to extend themselves by developing high level skills. Students are encouraged to enter various competitions and activities each year and we have a strong tradition of participation and success in these areas.  A senior student recently attended the National Mathematics Summer School; a two week residential school held each January in Canberra.


The use of technology in mathematics is an important aspect of our teaching and learning programs.The use of computers as well as the hand held Casio Classpad form an integral part of the NASHS mathematics classroom. The students have a 24/7 logon to the Mathletics site which provides practise and explanations on topics and is aligned to the Western Australian Curriculum.


The Mathematics staff also provides tutoring at an after school study group in the library. Please contact the Mathematics Head of Learning Area for more details.


At NASHS we are committed to providing an excellent mathematical education and experience for all students and pride ourselves on being available to talk with parents and caregivers on any aspect of their child’s mathematical education. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher directly or Joanne Stevens -Head of Learning Area.


Some Useful Links:


Mathletics

 

For general help on mathematics:


Khanacademy

 

Misterwootube


Casio Classpad 1

 

Casio Classpad 2


Western Australian Curriculum:

 

SCSA