THE FACULTY MISSION STATEMENT: PROVIDING A QUALITY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION TO DEVELOP YOUNG MEN TO THINK MATHEMATICALLY, TO BE EFFECTIVELY NUMERATE AND TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL IN EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT.
Mathematics is an area of thought relevant to everybody in everyday life. At Farrer we strive to allow students to see the relevance of the applied mathematics they do in the courses provided as well as allowing those students who aim to lift their mathematical thinking to a higher, more theoretical level to achieve their goals.
Mathematics in Stage 4
All students study the same content as prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies. In response to the syllabus, lessons are planned so that students study the content at a depth suitable to their age and academic abilities. Regular assessment of the outcomes from each topic within classes, is conducted as well as examinations which compare the students across the cohort.
Stage 4 Mathematics is focused on consolidating the skills learnt at primary school and establishing the groundwork for further study of Mathematics.
Mathematics in Stage 5
The NSW Board of Studies syllabi contains a core of common concepts studied by all students in stage 5. There is also content which is accessed by students with more mathematical ability in preparation for the study of mathematics for the HSC.
Mangahigh in Stage 4 & 5
Mangahigh is an online Mathematics program which encourages students to engage in mathematical drill activities in a competitive atmosphere. Whilst most competition is personal, where the student is trying to improve their own scores, there is also competition between students and between schools.
In mid-2016 Farrer had the opportunity to get a 12 month subscription to Mangahigh for free. All students in years 7-10 should have been provided with login details for Mangahigh and should experience the use of this software in conjunction with the existing mathematics teaching program.
It is hoped that students will use this as part of their self-directed study, to reinforce and extend their skills in mathematics. The effectiveness of Mangahigh will be reviewed and the subscription may be extended into the future if it is found to be beneficial.
Mathematics in Stage 6
General Mathematics is studied by the majority of students at HSC level. In Year 11 all students study the same content. In Year 12, where numbers of students permit, a class will be created which will allow students to study mathematics for the HSC but not to contribute to an ATAR. General Mathematics is a course focusing on the application of mathematical skills.
Mathematics, often called Advanced Mathematics, is studied by those students who expect to have a significant amount of mathematics in further study, beyond school or have real interest in mathematics. It contains many areas, however the most significant for many university courses is the study of Calculus.
Extension 1 Mathematics is the most comprehensive pure mathematical course available in Year 11. It continues to Year 12 and students experience the Mathematics course in greater depth PLUS MORE!!!
Extension 2 Mathematics is the most comprehensive pure mathematics course available at the HSC. Students attempting this course must be experiencing great success in the Extension 1 course and be willing to commit to an intense study regime.
Extra Mathematics Engagement
It is important that students do not see mathematics as merely something you do in the classroom. In 2015 Mrs Chambers organised our inaugural Pi-Day competition for Year 8. It involved all Year 8 and some Year 10 (as mentors) in activities ranging from patterns to problem solving to engineering. We hope to continue this into the future.
Students are supported in external competitions such as the ICAS Maths Competition and the UNE Maths Challenge.
Homework and Study
A reasonable amount of homework is issued to all students in the junior school. We see this as the foundation of a study program, however students need to develop their own study skills to prepare for assessments. Assistance and resources are provided to help the students study including whole school study initiatives, in class advice and support from classroom teachers.
Senior students are expected to be completing assigned learning tasks at home, when they do not have the time to complete them in class, as well as engaging in self-directed study, especially in preparation for assessment tasks.