# Mathematics

Welcome to Mathematics at Springwood High School. This page aims to provide students and parents with information regarding Mathematics at our school.

**Subject Description**

Mathematics is used to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. It provides a precise means of communication and is a powerful tool for solving problems both within and beyond Mathematics. In addition to its practical applications, the study of Mathematics is a valuable pursuit in its own right, providing opportunities for originality, challenge and leisure.

Mathematics education provides opportunities for students to develop their numeracy (basic skills), be able to solve mathematical problems, to communicate and make informed decisions after analysing data. The syllabus develops students' mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of Mathematics.

**Subjects **

Year 7 and 8 Mathematics Stage 4

Year 9 and 10 Mathematics Stage 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and Life Skills

CSC Life Skills, General Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension I

Mathematics Extension II is available for Senior Year 2 students who have completed Mathematics Extension I in Senior Year 1

**Curriculum**

The NSW Board of Studies syllabi target the strands of number, algebra, measurement, trigonometry, functions and relations, chance and data, and calculus.

**RoSA**

Satisfactory completion of the mandatory study of Mathematics during Stage 5 (year 9 and 10) will be recorded with a school assessment of either A10, A9, B8, B7, C6, C5, D4, D3 or E2

**Equipment **

Students need to be prepared for every lesson. In all years students will need a grid book, a geometry set, pens, pencils and an eraser. A scientific calculator is imperative for every lesson. Most scientific calculators are acceptable. The school office sells SHARP calculators at a reasonable price. Senior General Mathematics students would also benefit from having a graphics calculator.

**Homework**

Homework is a means of consolidation, extension or enrichment of the work that is studied in Mathematics lessons. Homework is set regularly via a homework sheet written specifically for each class and is a compulsory part of a student's workload. Homework is followed up regularly, and students found to be neglecting to complete their homework will have a note sent home, informing their parents/carers of the situation, and encouraging completion of the work in question.

**Maths on Line**

All students at Springwood High School have been encouraged to registered for Maths on Line which is a fabulous learning/teaching resource. Students can purchase a login for $20 at the front office then the receipt should be taken to Mrs Hume so each student can be issued with an individual login and password. The site can be accessed from __www.mathsonline.com.au__. Some of the features of this program include:

- Full lessons for each concept with a voice over and numerous examples of varying difficulty. Every lesson has a pause and rewind facility to help students grasp concepts at their own pace.
- Every lesson has an accompanying printable worksheet to consolidate the concepts, with full worked solutions provided also.
- A student's ongoing use and progress in the program is stored for them and their teacher's perusal at any time.
- The program can be accessed from any internet ready site, not just at school.
- The entire Year 7 to senior programs is available to every student, not just their particular year group.

**Australian Mathematics Competition**

The competition is held in August each year. All students should look out for the announcements at the beginning of each year for entry information.