athematics provides students with the skills to be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations both at school and in their lives outside of school.
The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. (ACARA)
The Mathematics learning area is organised within six strands by the Curriculum Framework:
- Working Mathematically is concerned with mathematical thinking processes, problem solving, and the appreciation that learning involves “finding out”, rather than waiting to be told or shown.
- The mathematical study of Space involves learning about shape and structure, transformation and movement, location and arrangement, and solving problems based on these properties.
- When studying Measurement, students will develop concepts and skills related to length, area, volume, mass, angle and time, and also situations where quantities are measured indirectly by the use of formulas.
- In the Chance and Data outcome, students collect, organise and analyse information (data), and develop their thinking about situations which are unpredictable but have long-term patterns.
- Working with Number should help students to develop confidence to deal with computational situations they meet daily – a balance is needed between mental, written and calculator skills.
- Algebra develops efficient and powerful ways of representing relationships – skills that are also used in the study of other sciences.
albarri DHS is introducing the Australian Curriculum for Mathematics from 2012. The Australian Curriculum organises the mathematics learning area into three content strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The Australian Curriculum also incorporates proficiencies into these three content strands: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning.
Kalbarri DHS is progressively moving from the Curriculum Framework to the Australian Curriculum over the next couple of years. In years 11 and 12 Kalbarri offers students the opportunity to study the WACE Mathematics courses at stages 1, 2 and 3.