Every student will study Mathematics in Year 9 at Scotch College; however, each student is carefully placed into one of two Mathematics courses: 9A and 9B.
Both Year 9 courses cover 10 major topics: Algebra and Equations, Rates and Ratios, Geometry and Trigonometry, Financial Mathematics, Probability, Co-ordinate Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Indices, and Functions. These topics align with the Australian Curriculum and are aimed at exposing the students to a breadth of content, which will prepare them for further mathematical studies. As well as covering content, students will get the opportunity to problem solve, work with technology and engage in investigative tasks.
The 9B course covers all the core content required by the Year 9 Syllabus. It also allows time for consolidation of Year 8 work, which assists students to strengthen their understanding and practice of Mathematics, enhancing engagement and motivation. Similarly, the 9A course covers all the core content, with the exception that it is delivered at a more rigorous pace. This includes extending sections and topics to allow those students who have demonstrated aptitude for Mathematics to advance critical understandings of the subject.
The following learning skills will also be explicitly taught throughout the courses and will give students the opportunity to advance from Novice to Leader.
- Self Management:
- (Reflective skills) Consider content: What did I learn about today? What don’t I yet understand? What questions do I have now?
- (Organisation skills) Create plans to prepare for summative assessments.
- Understand and use mathematical notation.
- Interpret and use effectively modes of non-verbal communication.