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
- 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.
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 engage in autonomous learning processes, to think laterally, recognise individual and group opportunity and potential, and be prepared to test options. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and confident in their approach to learning Mathematics and to work individually as well as collaboratively.
Mathematics is used in everyday life. The fundamental Mathematics skills students develop during their education, will enable them to make decisions and solve daily problems in their personal and professional life.
At Lynwood Senior High School students can study Mathematics at a variety of levels. All of our courses are designed to maximise the potential of students and engage them in real life situations where mathematics can be applied.
Role of Studying in Mathematics
Parents should encourage their child to study and practise Mathematics at least three times per week. Regardless of the new skill being learned (mental or physical), students will improve their performance only by regular practice. We recommend:
- revising class notes
- re-working standard examples, provided by the teacher during instruction
- reviewing activity worksheets and completing homework.
As all students are required to meet a minimum standard of Numeracy to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Achievement, and all students are required to study Mathematics at Lynwood Senior High School.
The Numeracy Standard is demonstrated by students achieving Band 8 NAPLAN in Year 9 or passing the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment during either Year 10, 11 or 12.
In Senior School, students are offered a range of Mathematics courses which will meet their individual needs, preparing them for the world of work, vocational studies or university entrance.
The Mathematics Foundation Course support students in developing the skills required to meet the Numeracy Standard and prepare them for successful transition to work or further training.
The Mathematics Essentials Course is generally available for students who wish to directly enter the workforce or engage in vocational studies post school.
ATAR Courses prepare students with high level achievement and/or interest in Mathematics for University entrance.
This course extends students mathematical skills beyond Year 10 and is relevant for those students where future study and employment pathways do not need Calculus.
This course has a focus on Calculus and statistical analysis and is a foundation for further studies in disciplines where maths and statistics have important roles, or where application in other disciplines is required at tertiary level.
Mathematics Specialist is the only subject not to be studied as a stand-alone subject. It must be studied in conjunction with Mathematics Methods. This course is for students seeking entry to highly specialised university courses such as Engineering, Physical Science or Mathematics.