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Mathematics at Irymple Secondary College

**Aim**

The aim of our Mathematics course is for students to be able to apply and link mathematics to aspects of their life and the careers they may choose. Our main focus is to improve student engagement with mathematics by providing more problem solving activities. With the change to a six session day we are able to offer a Mathematics lesson every day for most classes. The intention of this is for students to gain a mastery of skill level in the topics covered.

Overview

The areas of study for all year levels follow the Australian Curriculum: Number, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

As students progress through each area of study the skill level becomes increasingly more challenging. Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2, a Year 11 VCE subject, is offered to Year 10 students who have demonstrated a high level of understanding in previous years.

Homework

It is an expectation that students will complete one sheet of homework a week. This is provided in the hand out folder and students should provide their answers in an exercise book. Math teachers are happy to email the homework to parents each week if this is requested.

All homework can be downloaded from the school webpage under the Resources Tab.

http://www.irysec.vic.edu.au/page.php?id=121

Competitions

There are a range of Mathematics based competitions held throughout the year which can provide an extension opportunity for students. These are listed below:

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

o Challenge Stage – early Term 2

o Enrichment Stage – for gifted students

o Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)- by invitation only

Australian Mathematics Competition – This competition is generally held in Term 3.

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