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Learning mathematics creates opportunities and enriches the lives of all learners. The Mathematics program at The Gap State High School follows the Australian Curriculum by providing students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in; Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

The Mathematics program develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

The curriculum focuses on developing and refining mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.

How students are assessed

Students are assessed in a number of ways as not all mathematics skills can be tested in the same way. Assessment techniques include traditional tests, assignments/projects and practical manipulatives.

How students learn

A variety of methods are used to teach Mathematics.  These include traditional whiteboard work, interactive software tools, manipulation of materials, discussions, demonstrations, investigations, small group work and problem solving.

The emphasis is at all times on the involvement of students in mathematical tasks and discussions of mathematics. A wide variety of materials are used including computers, calculators, textbooks, solid models, and problem solving.

 

Extra mathematics curricula

Students are encouraged to reach their full potential in mathematics. In addition to normal Mathematics classes, The Gap State High School offers a mathematics extension program and a number program.

The Mathematics extension program focuses on solving challenging Mathematics problems to exercise higher order thinking. The number program is designed to assist students struggling with general Mathematical strategies. The extension and number program operate from 8.00 to 8.30 am Tuesday to Thursday in B block. Teachers volunteer their time and assist students in both programs.

Class compositions in Year 7 and 8 Mathematics are based on social, cultural and gender balance. In Year 9 Mathematics, class compositions will be based on ability levels. In year 10, students will have the choice of Year 10 Mathematics or Year 10 Mathematics accelerated. In senior, students are assisted in selecting from 4 choices; Pre-Vocational Mathematics, Mathematics A, Mathematics B and or Mathematics C.