All student learning materials for Mathematics can be accessed via our elearning portal. Students need to enter their school login and password as this is a secure learning environment. Once logged in, students select the Ferny Grove SHS Mathematics Department link on the Learning Place.
Junior Secondary Mathematics
Everyone needs to use mathematics in their everyday life, in education and in future employment. There is a major focus on numeracy in the Junior Secondary program. Some of these practical numeracy units include: measurement of area, total surface area and volume; financial mathematics; rates, ratio and proportion; probability and statistics. As students move through their Junior Secondary years, their interests, abilities and vocational preferences will begin to lead them towards different pathways in mathematics. For this reason, while we continue to focus on developing numeracy skills, we also begin to develop the mathematical thinking which will lead to the pure and applied mathematics necessary for future study in mathematical fields.
Extension classes are offered for students who enjoy mathematics and have shown ability in the area. These classes compact the set curriculum, covering it at a faster pace. The remaining time is invested in enrichment activities which may include investigations spanning across mathematical content areas, the history of mathematics, or proofs of formulae. Support is available for students who are experiencing difficulty with mathematics. When there is a cluster of students who require significant assistance, a smaller class is often formed where students only study the core knowledge and skills associated with that topic. Students who have identified learning difficulties may also access a variety of levels of support.
Senior Secondary Mathematics
For year ten, students need to choose the course which best suits their ability and future aspirations. Students who have achieved good results are encouraged to select the advanced course which we have named “Extension Mathematics”. This course is a preparation year for Senior Mathematics B and C. Alternatively, students may continue to study the Year 10 Mainstream course which leads towards Mathematics A or Prevocational Mathematics. The flow diagram lists the subjects offered in Junior Secondary, Year 10 and in Senior Secondary.
Mathematics A involves the study of Financial Mathematics, Applied Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Navigation, and Networks and Queuing. It is a suitable precursor to tertiary studies with moderate demands in mathematics such as nursing, business management, tourism and hospitality.
Mathematics B develops more advanced mathematical skills which form the basis for further study in Mathematics. Students are equipped for tertiary studies with high demands in mathematics, especially in the areas of science, medicine, mining and engineering, information technology, mathematics, finance, business and economics.
Mathematics C is a companion subject to Mathematics B. It provides students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge, potential and confidence in mathematics beyond the scope of Mathematics B. It is particularly recommended for tertiary studies in fields such as science, medicine, mining, engineering, or information technology.
Pre-Vocational Mathematics is suitable for students who prefer and enjoy learning activities with practical and real-life application. This course gives students the opportunity to maintain and improve on the basic mathematical skills they will need as they enter the work force and/or TAFE.
Maths tutoring is held every Monday and Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:00pm in B Block. Teachers are on hand to assist students with any concerns they may have.
Tutoring for Junior students is held in B1 and Senior students go to B2.
Tutoring begins on the second week of each term and concludes the week prior to each Year level assessment week at the end of each term.