"If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is." - John von Neumann
The aim of Mathematics at Ingleburn High School is to promote students' appreciation and application of Mathematics in their everyday lives. Students are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking, understanding, confidence, and competence in solving mathematical problems.
Technology plays a big role in teaching and learning, reflecting a greater trend in society where core competencies don't just include arithmetic, but the ability to reason, problem solve, communicate and hypothesise mathematical relationships and to make meaning out of numbers. The students are encouraged to use technology. Students are however also required to maintain strong number sense and this is continually reinforced.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in NSW from Years 7-10 (Optional in Years 11-12). The Mathematics syllabus recognises that students develop mathematical skills at different rates to those in any other subject. For this reason, the Mathematics course is a continuum of learning that occurs from the beginning of Primary school to the completion of Year 10.
At Ingleburn High School, the Mathematics Faculty fully supports the spirit of the learning continuum by offering Stage 4 Mathematics, Year 9: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, Year 10: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, Year 11 Standard, Year 12 Standard 1 and 2, Mathematics Years 11 and 12, Extension 1 and 2 Years 11 and 12.
- To participate and enjoy learning about Mathematics and its applications.
- To use Newman’s Error Analysis to critically find solutions to everyday problems
- The Mathematics Faculty are committed to providing quality teaching and learning experiences in every lesson. Teachers in the Mathematics Faculty are continually looking for ways to improve our skills to assist the students achieve the outcomes.
- To develop a sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
- To recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible, enjoyable discipline to study, and an important aspect of lifelong learning.
- To create students that are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, who able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
Stage 4: (Year 7 & 8)
In Year 7 and 8 Mathematics students will develop a range of mental strategies to enhance their computational skills operate competently with integers, fractions, decimals and percentages.
Students will also develop their skills and deepen their knowledge in Measurement and Geometry being introduced to the properties of two-dimensional geometrical figures, angles, parallel lines, perpendicular lines and congruent figures and Pythagoras’ theorem.
Students will also learn to how to construct, interpret and compare data displays, to help understand Statistics and Probability they encounter in their daily lives.
Stage 5: (Year 9 & 10)
In Stage 5 mandatory Mathematics is split into three substages with the Stages 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3, with each more progressively challenging then the previous:
Stage 5.1 is designed to assist in meeting the needs of students who are continuing to work towards the achievement of Stage 4 outcomes when they enter Year 9
Stage 5.2 builds on the content of Stage 5.1 and is designed to assist in meeting the needs of students who have achieved Stage 4 outcomes, generally by the end of Year 8
Stage 5.3 builds on the content of Stage 5.2 and is designed to assist in meeting the needs of students who have achieved Stage 4 outcomes before the end of Year 8.
Stage 6: (Year 11 & 12)
In Stage 6, students are given opportunities to think mathematically through questioning, communicating, reasoning and reflecting. The courses offered promote development of 21st-century knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes and provide challenge.
The courses offered in Stage 6 are:
• Standard Mathematics
• Standard 1 (Year 12 – Category B Course)
• Standard 2 (Year 12)
• Advanced Mathematics
• Extension Mathematics 1
• Extension Mathematics 2 (Year 12)
Scientific Calculators such as the Casio fx-82Au 2nd Edition are necessary for all Mathematics courses.
Ms Karen Manning (HT Mathematics)
Ms J. Le
Mr J. Lee
Mr D. Chan
Mr A. Omowa