The aim of Mathematics at Southland Boys’ High School is to develop students’ understanding of important mathematical concepts and knowledge.Teachers deliver a balanced mixture of conceptual understanding and mechanical skills as well as developing in students the ability to apply, with flexibility and resourcefulness, the subject matter they have studied. Mathematics provides students with the opportunity to explore a broad range of learning experiences ranging from exercises to open-ended and exploratory problems in authentic situations. Students develop a range of approaches and techniques (ranging from the straightforward application of the appropriate algorithmic methods to the use of approximation methods, various modelling techniques and the use of neuristic problem solving strategies) for dealing with such problems.
Mathematics is a compulsory core subject from Years 7-11. In Years 9, 10 and 11 Mathematics is split into three bands (Advanced, Proficient and Basic). Students are able to choose (with guidance) which band they wish to complete their study in.
Year 7 and 8
Mathematics focuses on Numeracy to ensure students have the foundation skiills required to progress their learning. Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability are introduced. Mathematics is taught by Year 7 and 8 teachers. Students work in broad banded classes.
Year 9 and 10
Mathematics builds on the foundations laid at Year 7 and 8. Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability increasingly become a focus, along with the continued study of Numeracy. During these two years, students begin preparation for NCEA Level 1.
Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability take precedence as these are the areas that Mathematics progresses to after Year 11.
Year 12 and 13
Entry into Year 12 and 13 courses is based around specified pre-requisites which rely on the previous year’s results. Students who require numeracy skills for future vocational pathways will get that through and within their other subjects. At Year 12 the subject splits into Calculus (based around Patterns and Relationships, Equations and Expressions and Calculus) and Statistics (based around Statistical Investigation, Statistical Literacy and Probability). These courses involve little or no numeracy and are optional. Year 12-13 Mathematics is designed for progression to teritary studies.