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Mathematics

Introduction

The aim of Mathematics at KMHS is for students to be confident users and communicators of mathematics, and to be able to investigate and interpret the world around them. Students need to be able pose and solve problems, and recognise the connections between mathematics and other disciplines. Mathematics is an important aspect of lifelong learning.

We strive for a positive learning environment in all mathematics classrooms, with a particular focus on high personal achievement. You can use the quick links below to go straight to the section you require:

Pathways » Homework » Maths Club » Faculty Project » Curriculum & Organisation »

KMHS Mathematics teaching staff

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Pathways

  • Stage 4 = Years 7 & 8
  • Stage 5 = Years 9 & 10
  • Stage 6 = Years 11 & 12

Students exhibit a wide range of mathematical skills and aspirations. Some students may need to develop the mathematical skills necessary to function in daily life. Other students may seek to address more challenging mathematics to prepare them for the highest-level courses in Year 11 and Year 12.

NOTE: Mathematics is a compulsory subject in Years 7 -10. For this reason, Stage 5 has been expressed in terms of the three substages, Stage 5.1, Stage 5.2 and Stage 5.3.

As well as studying the Stage 5.1 content, the majority of students will study some or all of the Stage 5.2 content. Similarly, as well as studying the Stage 5.2 content, some students will study some or all of the Stage 5.3 content.

The Stage 5.3 course is the highest level of maths studied in years 7-10. Movement between the sub-stages is possible, and all decisions are made on case by case basis.

KMHS Mathematics Pathways

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Homework

In Years 7 & 8, and Stage 5.3 classes, we use the Maths Mate Program for homework. The Maths Mate Program is based on the principle that regular, structured practice helps the development of short and long term memory. Maths Mate has benefits for all stakeholders:

Students:

  • Provides both achievable and challenging levels of work for every student
  • Consolidates skills through frequent and regular practice
  • Increases the student’s ability to interpret questions and problem solve
  • Gives constant practise of the often neglected art of question interpretation
  • Motivates students towards becoming independent learners and taking responsibility for their own progress
  • Assists in the development of good study habits
  • Ensures the availability of professionally presented and structured work.

Teachers:

  • Eliminates the need to spend time and effort preparing high quality, sequential material
  • Provides a diagnostic method of assessing student effort, strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis
  • Supports detailed reporting and communication with parents
  • Minimises the need for topic revision each year
  • Presents a consistent program for whole stage use.

Parents:

  • Provides care givers with clear expectations of the child’s mathematical work requirements
  • Encourages partnerships in student learning and progress.

Homework for Stage 5.2 classes is issued at teacher’s discretion, with a focus on meeting the needs of individual classes. In Years 11 and 12, the homework requirements are again issued at teachers’ discretion, but with a more student-centred focus.

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Maths Club

We meet in the bottom of C-block every Wednesday afternoon. Students can get help with their mathematics, whether it is the weekly Maths Mate homework sheet or current concepts being taught in class. Mr Quinn has an ongoing Rubik’s Cube challenge and Koji in Year 12 runs a card game table. Some students attend every week without fail; others pop in just before an assessment task. Whatever your mathematical needs, we have the expertise to help. Come check us out …

Everybody is Welcome!!

Maths club every Wednesday

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Faculty Project

Each year the Maths Faculty undertakes a learning project. The project provides a forum for our professionalism, passion and expertise to be demonstrated, measured and reflected upon.

For our inaugural project in 2011, we analysed NAPLAN results to create student specific resources. We also had a school wide push to raise the awareness of literacy in mathematics. Every maths class in the school was given lessons on Newman’s Analysis.

In 2012, the Faculty looked at lecture style delivery methods for Stage 5.2. Notes and exercises were organised into OneNote files and accessed via the Moodle platform. The drive for this project was to promote student direction and control in their learning, and to allow students to experience the University model of teaching. This project was also fundamental in embracing the DER technology in mathematics.

Following attendance at the Edutech Conference in 2013, the idea to transform a classroom into a student centred learning environment as a way of promoting increased learning opportunities and improving students’ results in Mathematics was a strong viable alternative to the traditional Mathematics classroom. Room C.14 is still student centred, with the large whiteboard on its side the focal point of the room. Room C.06 has had some pieces of soft furniture added this term.

Bring Your Own Device

The big issue of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ will be tackled by the Maths Faculty this year. With DERvices no longer supported by the State Government, we will be looking at alternative ways to allow equitable access to technology.

We will also be looking at offering an exciting new elective in Stage 5 called MathsPlus. For more information, check us out at out Blog Spot:

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National Curriculum

In 2014, KMHS began teaching the new NSW Mathematics K–10 Syllabus to Years 7, 8 and 9. The Board of Studies website has loads of useful information. We have had a very busy year rewriting our teaching resources to match the new curriculum, working in partnership with Gorokan High School.

Content Organisation

The PDF document in the link below includes current copies of the teaching and learning sequences for each stage.
Please note: these plans are subject to change.

KMHS Mathematics Teaching & Learning Sequences »

Assessment and Resources

Watch this space – still under construction …

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