Mathematics

Mathematics is a reasoning and creative activity employing abstraction and generalisation to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. The symbolic nature of mathematics provides a powerful, precise and concise means of communication.

Mathematics Syllabus K-10 provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. It 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.

The staff at St Patrick’s acknowledges the importance of this syllabus as a vehicle for students to learn to apply their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in a broad range of contexts beyond the mathematics classroom, including in such core learning areas as science, geography, history and English.

Students learn through Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability with the components of Working Mathematically integrated into these strands. Through the students’ knowledge of these strands, we aim to make them confident, creative users and communicators of Mathematics, able to investigate and represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens. Students will have opportunities to pose and solve problems and reason through the correct use of mathematical language. Mathematics is an enjoyable discipline to study and an important aspect of lifelong learning.  

AIMS

Our aim is to assist students to:

  1. 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
  2. Develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with mathematical processes and to be able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability
  3. 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.