We encourage students to develop strong mathematical thinking, so they can appreciate Mathematics as an essential and relevant part of life. Through inquiry, problem solving, reasoning and reflection, the students undertake creative and challenging study.
Our Mathematics courses have been developed through consultation with feeder primary schools and the college sector. They are consistent with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. All students are provided with a wide range of opportunities to succeed and excel in Mathematics.
Students successfully completing the Calwell program will be well prepared for college and further study or vocational pathways. All students are encouraged to participate in national events, such as the Australian Mathematics Competition.
At Calwell, we recognise the need for self-paced learning in Mathematics and the advantages this brings when working beyond the pace of the class. An Education Perfect licence is held for each student at Calwell which is extensively used in class and can be accessed at home. Students are encouraged to utilise other online resources such as Maths 300 to assist in the consolidation of concepts and skills.
Mathematics addresses the needs of our students to be confident in the use of skills and processes and to be willing to apply these to a wide and increasing range of problem-solving situations.
We encourage all students to recognise the contribution of Mathematics and Numeracy to their daily lives and to set themselves challenging goals in this area to support future career paths.
Organisation of Mathematics at Calwell High School
Students in Year 7 – 9 follow a common course which follows the Australian Curriculum. All classes are differentiated and undertake similar work during each unit of study. Every student can gain additional skills by completing extension activities within each class and/or are provided with an opportunity for remedial work and consolidation of basic concepts. Emphasis is placed on growth from year to year and progress is closely monitored for each student at regular intervals.
In Year 10, the Australian Curriculum is divided into 2 streams, that being the 10 and 10A courses. It is expected that students wishing to study Maths Methods or Specialist Maths (both Tertiary courses) in Year 11 will have completed the 10A Curriculum. Those students going on to study General Maths (Accredited) or Maths Applications (Tertiary) in Year 11 are required to have completed the 10 course as a minimum.