The Mathematics Department at Glenroy College aims to involve each student actively in acquiring skills of analysis and logical reasoning, along with proficiency in computation. Additionally, the Department strives to maintain an atmosphere in which students experience the freedom and confidence to question and gain confidence as they master Mathematical skills. Moreover, the Department aspires to develop students’ mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of mathematics, their creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject, and their engagement in lifelong learning. Students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of mathematics and its applications in their everyday lives
Each pathway is planned to meet the appropriate needs, interests and abilities of students. Each Mathematics class will follow one of the three pathways and work done by students in classes will differ in the method and depth of treatment.
When planning learning experiences for students in Years 9 and 10, teachers will need to consider pathways that students plan to follow beyond Year 10. For students who intend to study the Stage 6 General Mathematics course, it is recommended that they experience at least some of the 5.2 content, particularly the Patterns and Algebra topics and Trigonometry, if not all of the content. For students who intend to study the Stage 6 Mathematics course, it is recommended that they experience the topics Real Numbers, Algebraic Techniques and Co-ordinate Geometry as well as at least some of Trigonometry and Deductive Geometry from 5.3, if not all of the content. For students who intend to study the Stage 6 Mathematics Extension 1 course, it is recommended that they experience the optional topics Curve Sketching and Polynomials, Functions and Logarithm, and Circle Geometry.
The Mathematics Life Skills outcomes and content are designed to provide a relevant and meaningful program of study for a small percentage of students with special education needs, for whom the Mathematics Years 7 – 10 Syllabus outcomes and content are not appropriate.