# Learning Areas > Mathematics and Computing

**Leader of Learning - Mathematics and Computing:** Sabine Partington

**P:** +61 3 9816 1555 **E:** sabine.partington@carey.com.au

**1805-10 Maths Pathways-05.pdf**

## About the Learning Area

Mathematics is an integral part of our lives. Its application is diverse, ranging from the developments and decisions made in industry and commerce to those made on a sporting field or in the home. Mathematicians study the patterns arising from the real world. By observing, representing and interpreting these patterns, they can make predictions in a wide variety of situations.

Most students study a core Mathematics course throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 based on the Victorian Curriculum. Classroom teachers provide support or extension work through a differentiated curriculum. The curriculum incorporates a variety of challenging problem-solving activities as well as a focus on developing rigour in the key areas of algebra, number, geometry, measurement, statistics and probability.

A Numeracy class is offered to a small number of students who are identified as experiencing difficulty learning mathematics. Numeracy classes follow a similar program of work as the mainstream classes, but also address gaps in basic mathematical skills with the intention that students work towards reintegrating back into the mainstream classroom.

Students in Mainstream Year 7, 8 and 9 who are identified as having a high capacity for numerical reasoning are invited to participate in a weekly withdrawal lesson to work on challenging problem-solving activities and participate in mathematics competitions such as the Australian Problem Solving Mathematics Olympiad and the Australian Mathematics Competition, among others. These students miss one lesson of mainstream mathematics per week.

Those students who have demonstrated a very high level of mathematical understanding in Years 7 and 8 may be invited to join a Year 9 course which compacts the Year 9 and Year 10 Mathematics A courses into one year of study. This program is aimed at preparing the most talented mathematicians for the most challenging Senior School Mathematics courses: IB Higher Level Mathematics and VCE Specialist Mathematics.

Mathematics elective units are also part of the Middle School program. Based on teacher recommendation, a Mathematics Consolidation course is offered to some students in Years 8 and 9. These students are given the chance to establish a stronger foundation for future years of study. The Consolidation courses are taken concurrently with the core Mathematics program and give students the opportunity to practise concepts and to revise key material from previous years.

The elective Mathemagicians is also offered to Year 8 students who are particularly interested in mathematical problem-solving.

All students in Middle School are invited to attend Maths Study Hall on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons where they can receive extra assistance with their Mathematics.

## Computing

Computing focusses on the application of problem-solving methodology, and on the strategies and techniques for managing information systems, and creating digital solutions. Computing supports students to participate in a globalised society and economy as they learn how to exploit the capabilities of digital systems and manage the task of communicating and collaborating with others locally and globally.

While computing is incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum at Carey, students in Years 8 and 9 with a particular interest in this area of study may take up one of several elective subjects. In Year 8 there are two electives available— Robot’s Got Talent and Games Go Global. Year 9 students are able to undertake Introduction to Coding. Both these courses employ the development of computer games as a platform for the study of programming. The Year 9 course does not assume that the Year 8 course has been studied. Students who study both courses develop their skills in algorithmic thinking and coding.

These subjects could be selected due to an interest in computing and to develop new skills, but can also lead to further studies that continue through to Year 12.