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The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. 

Mathematics at Heathcote High

By studying mathematics, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical concepts and their use within the classroom and beyond.

Mathematics forms the basis of many great careers, not simply limited to the fields of engineering and economics, but sport scientists, medicine and fashion designers all require a strong mathematical background. Mathematics also prepares students for a constantly changing job market, providing high-demanding skills with an emphasis on logical thinking.

The syllabus consists of the following strands:

  • number and algebra
  • measurement and geometry
  • statistics and probability.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:

  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Mathematics Standard 2
  • Mathematics Standard 1 (Optional HSC examination)
  • Mathematics Life Skills

The Stage 6 Standard Mathematics course has Pathway 2 (ATAR) and Pathway 1 (optional-ATAR).  It should be noted that students in both pathways follow the same syllabus for the Preliminary (Year 11) course.

The new Stage 6 Calculus based courses: Advanced Mathematics, Extension 1 and 2 were implemented in 2019. Students sitting the HSC in all courses can be examined on content and skills from both Years 11 and 12.

Mathematics at Heathcote High

A calculator is an essential tool that enables real problems to be solved and provides ready access to various functions required in particular topics.  For this reason, it is essential that all students in Years 8 – 12 have a calculator of their own in class every day from the beginning of the school year. Year 7 students will require a calculator, but they will be advised when to purchase this (it is not required at the start of Term 1).  We ask that all students purchase the model we have chosen for classroom use so that we can assist them when needed. Calculators can be purchased at the front office for $24.

Textbooks are accessible electronically via Google Classroom for the Standard Stage 6 courses and most junior classes reducing the need for many students who are following the BYOD policy to carry their textbook

Homework is an essential component in reinforcing and consolidating coursework taught in class. Students will be allocated homework either as assigned exercises from their textbooks or worksheets. Homework is checked by the class teacher and all students are expected to complete this work.

This year, all students are expected to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Year 8 Maths Olympiad.