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Course - Maths

Mathematics comprises three courses within a continuum, unlike other compulsory subjects, therefore the following information has been included. Mathematics in Years 9 and 10 provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students will have the opportunity to see the beauty and order in God’s creation through mathematics.

The course focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives. This will allow students the opportunity to experience the practical nature of mathematics in God’s world.

Students learn to:

  • be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens 
  • develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with mathematical processes, and be able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability 
  • 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.

The arrangement of content in Years 9 and 10 acknowledges the wide range of abilities of students in Mathematics by the time they reach the end of Year 8. Three substages of Stage 5 (Stage 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3) have been identified and made explicit in the syllabus. A large variety of ‘endpoints’ is possible in Stage 5.

All students will study the core content of Stage 5.1. In addition, students will then study some or all of Stage 5.2
content and some students will study some or all of Stage 5.3 content, dependent on their progress in the course.
At Covenant Christian School, we endeavour to challenge and support all students. Teachers will, therefore, adapt

their teaching to suit the needs of the students.

It is important to note that the substages studied in Years 9 and 10 will determine the pathways available to students in Year 11 and 12. Students studying Stage 5.1 and 5.2 will be well prepared for the Mathematics Standard course in Year 11 and 12. Students will need to study at least some elements of Stage 5.3 in order to be prepared for Mathematics Advanced and will need to study the majority of the Stage 5.3 in order to be prepared for Mathematics Extension 1. Students will receive more information at the end of Year 8 about which substages we expect them to study in Years 9 and 10. 

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.

FAQ

How do I know which substage I will be studying in Year 9 and 10?

Your teacher will communicate this with you toward the end of this year.

Do I get to choose the substage/s I study in Year 9 and 10?

No. We will allocate you to a class based on your teacher’s recommendation and your progress, effort and application in Year 8. You will be placed in a class where you will learn content that will challenge you and where you will also achieve success.

I want to study Advanced Mathematics in Year 11 and 12. How can I do this?

It starts now! You will need to apply yourself diligently in Mathematics and ensure you have a deep understanding of Year 7 and 8 Maths.

If you have further questions, please contact:
Mathematics Coordinator - Mrs Natalie Zinsli
nzinsli@covenant.nsw.edu.au