Leader of Learning Mathematics – Mrs Kathrine Baguley
The Mathematics curriculum enhances students’ numeracy knowledge and skills by engaging them in activities that promote mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. These essential capabilities allow them to make informed decisions and solve problems related to their everyday lives.
To support their learning in Mathematics, students at St Mary’s Catholic College are encouraged to prepare a “Learning Log” for each topic, which allows teacher feedback before and after assessments. Years 7 to 10 students use these summaries during formative assessment tasks for each topic. This builds their confidence in the lead-up to their summative task and identifies areas where they need to pay particular attention. Formative assessment tasks may be a practice test, mini assignment, quizzes or challenge activities. Learning Logs are marked and collated and contribute to a Working Mathematically Grade on their reports. In Stage 6, all students complete a Learning Log Assisted Task as one of their assessment tasks.
Our Year 8 students enjoy a day of puzzle solving with the Inquisitive Minds team, activities with the STEM team, along with physical pursuits with the PDHPE faculty. Our Year 9 and 10 students regularly attend after-school seminars at the University of Newcastle that introduce them to different aspects of Mathematics.
Mathematics is studied by all students in:
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9
- Year 10
Students in Years 11 and 12 may choose to study Mathematics at a variety of levels:
- Mathematics Standard One (Year 12 only)
- Mathematics Standard Two
- Mathematics Advanced
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
In 2021 we are excited to be introducing the Non-ATAR Numeracy Course for our Year 11 students.