Using the NSW K-10 mathematics Syllabus for the Australian curriculum students will:

* engage in learning that reflects a sequential and logical approach to learning in Mathematics with a level of challenge appropriate to their stage of learning

* develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the strands and sub strands detailed in the syllabus document.

* develop knowledge, skills and understanding in Working Mathematically across three strands of Mathematics.

Content is organised into three strands:

* Number and Algebra

* Measurement and Geometry

* Statistics and Probability.

These strands are underpinned by Working Mathematically, an essential part of the learning process that provides students with the opportunity to engage in genuine mathematical activity and develop the skills to become flexible, creative users of mathematics.

At St Cecilia’s we have a number of specially trained EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding) teachers on staff. These teachers share their professional knowledge with fellow staff members and focus on accelerated mathematical growth across the school.

The aims of the mathematics program at St Cecilia’s are:

• To develop student’s engagement in lifelong learning

• to develop in students a sound understanding of mathematical concepts, processes and strategies and the capacity to use these in solving problems

• to develop in students the ability to recognise the mathematics in everyday situations

• to develop in students the ability to apply their mathematics to analyse situations and solve real life problems

• to develop in students appropriate language for the effective communication of mathematical ideas and experiences

• to develop in students an appreciation of the applications to mathematics of technology, including calculators and computers

• to encourage students to use mathematics creatively in expressing new ideas and discoveries and to recognise the mathematical elements in other creative pursuits

• to challenge students to achieve at a level of accuracy and excellence appropriate to their particular stage of development.

• to develop students’ mathematical thinking, understanding, competence, and confidence in the application of mathematics