The Friends' School

Mathematics Faculty

The Mathematics curriculum seeks to provide an environment where a range of learning outcomes can be successfully achieved.

Courses offered in Years 9 and 10 are based on the following principles:

  • Every member of our society should be equipped, with basic numeracy skills.
  • Students should be made aware of how Mathematics is applied in real life situations.
  • Mathematics has made a major contribution to our culture, and many topics without obvious applications can give much enjoyment, stimulate interest and provide valuable insights into mathematical structures and processes.

Our approach to teaching Mathematics is based on two premises:

  1. No real progress is possible without understanding. Practice of principles, problem solving skills, analysis and mathematical communication are an important part of all Mathematics courses, as a means of consolidating knowledge.
  2. Every student should follow a course suited to his or her current abilities and development.

Students are offered the following Mathematics electives in Year 9 and 10 in preparation for a pathway to Year 12:

  • Mathematics – the core Mathematics course
  • Mathematics Methods – taken in addition to Mathematics for more capable and dedicated students
  • Modified Mathematics – for students who struggle with mathematical concepts and find this subject challenging. Where progress is substantial, students may transfer into Mathematics.

Students in Years 11 and 12 also have the opportunity to pursue Mathematics at a level that meets their pre-tertiary requirements and future employment choices.

The range of Mathematics courses differ between the TCE and the IB program. These subject choices are discussed with students prior to entering Years 11 and 12.

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