James Busby High School

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Mathematics

The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. 

By studying mathematics, students learn to work mathematically – developing fluency, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills.

The syllabus consists of the following strands:

  • number and algebra
  • measurement and geometry
  • statistics and probability.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:

  • Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Standard 2
  • Mathematics Standard 1 (Optional HSC examination)
  • Mathematics Life Skills.

Vision statement   

Our faculty vision reflects our values. We aspire to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and learning and aim to achieve this through the development of concrete numeracy initiatives, a strong emphasis on improving professional practice, and ongoing development of the skills, knowledge and understanding in our students.

We do this to cultivate their ability to question, reflect, reason and function mathematically, so that they appreciate the beauty and significance of Mathematics in our lives.

About the Mathematics faculty

The Mathematics faculty comprises a professional and motivated team with extensive experience and creativity. Teachers adopt a focused and analytical approach to learning that is stimulating, inspiring and engaging.

Through a blend of formal instruction, digital learning platforms like Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams that allow the use of technology and practical sessions, students are presented a world of numbers and technology that guides their reasoning, creativity, abstraction and spatial thinking ability, skills that are vital in todays world.

We offer developmental and remedial programs that aim to consolidate, extend and amplify student knowledge and understanding of all maths topics presented in class.

Staff

  • Mr S Irani – Head Teacher
  • Mr V Dinh – Mathematics
  • Mr I Gendy – Mathematics and Computing
  • Mrs E Hall – Mathematics
  • Mr H Lal – Mathematics
  • Mr K Luo – Mathematics
  • Mr B Vo – Mathematics and Computing.

Subjects and courses offered

The Mathematics curriculum is spread out across three stages.

Stage 4 (Year 7 and Year 8)

Our programs in Year 7 and Year 8, focus on Stage 4 of the NSW Mathematics Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabus, and includes:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability.

Stage 5 (Year 9 and Year 10)

Our programs in Year 9 and Year 10, focus on tage 5 of the NSW Mathematics Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabus, and includes:

  • Advanced Mathematics (5.3 course)
  • Intermediate Mathematics (5.2 course)
  • Standard Mathematics (5.1 course).

Stage 6 (Year 11 and Year 12)

Our programs in Year 11 and Year 12 are developed from the Stage 6 Senior Mathematics syllabus for different levels studied, and includes:

  • Mathematics Advanced (from 2019)
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2
  • Mathematics Standard 1
  • Mathematics Standard 2.
  • Numeracy

Associations

Our Mathematics teachers are part of a network of teachers in the South Western Sydney region that collaborate to share ideas, principles and strategies relating to mathematical pedagogy and how to best implement it.

To help facilitate this, our staff are affiliated with the following institutions through membership and/or professional development:

  • The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
  • Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW)
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE).

We also regularly participate in school based professional learning for both mathematics specific content and the wider teaching and learning experience, in addition to school network meetings which allow us to collaborate with schools in our district.

Assessment

Over the year, various forms of assessment tasks are used in Mathematics and Computing to evaluate student learning and understanding in each year group, and for all subjects offered.

All students are provided with an assessment notification at least 2 weeks prior to each scheduled task being held. It is important that students read and understanding this information and seek clarification, where necessary, well in advance of that task occurring.

Information about assessment tasks in Mathematics and Computing are communicated to students and parents through the SkoolBag App, and also located on the assessment and reporting section of this site.