South Otago High School

South Otago High School

Quality Education in a Supportive Community

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Curriculum

Mathematics

Aims:

The Mathematics and Statistics Department aims to give students the procedural and analytical skills needed to be confident in solving Mathematical problems in their chosen path.  In each course we cover a range of topics that with the aim of forming a set of foundational skills that will help support the next phase, be it in the world of work or further study.

Subjects Offered:

Year 9:

A continuation of the fundamentals covered in primary school.  Topics include: Number (Whole Numbers, Fractions, Integers, Decimals, etc.), Measurement, Statistics, Geometry and Algebra.

Year 10:

Year 10 is viewed as a preparation year for NCEA Level 1.  Topics covered include: Number, Measurement, Right Angled Triangles, Statistics, Geometry and Algebra.

Year 11 Achievement Standards:

Our Achievement Standards NCEA Level 1 course is targeted at students who will need Mathematics to continue various career paths.  Successful completion of this course will lead to one of our Year 12 courses.  Topics covered include: Numeric Reasoning, Right Angled Triangles, Statistics, Equations Table and Graphs, Probability and Algebra.

Year 11 Alternative:

Our Alternative Year 11 course is designed to help students to meet the NCEA Level 1 Numeracy requirements.  Topics covered include: Numeric Reasoning, Measurement, Right Angled Triangles, and Statistics.

Year 12 Achievement Standards:

The Year 12 Achievement Standards course continues on for students who successfully complete the Year 11 Achievement Standards course and is designed for students who are considering tertiary study programme that has a Mathematical component.   There is a heavy Algebra component in the course and use of a graphics calculator is essential as the focus of standards covered has shifted to interpretation rather than purely computational skills.  Topics covered include: Trigonometry, Equations and Graphs, Statistics, Probability, Algebra and Calculus.

Year 12 Alternative:

Our Alternative Year 12 course is designed for students who successfully completed Year 11 Achievement Standards and are keen to continue studying Mathematics.  Topics covered include: Trigonometry, Networks, Statistics, Coordinate Geometry and Systems of Equations.

Year 13 Statistics:

Year 13 Statistics is a course designed mainly for those students who plan to attend a university programme that will require statistics, which is an ever increasing range of subjects.  An ever increasing focus on interpretation and analysis had led many students to make great use of their personal laptops to be able to work on standards both at school and at home.  Topics covered include: Probability Distributions, Time Series, Linear Programming, Bivariate Data and Systems of Equations/ Simultaneous Equations.

Year 13 Calculus:

The Calculus course is designed mainly for those students who indent on undertaking a university programme (Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, etc.) that requires Calculus skills.  Topics covered include: Trigonometry, Conic Sections, Systems of Equations, Differentiation and Integration.

Department Staff:

Mr J Sibley (HOD)
Ms K Taiaroa (Assistant HOD)
Ms N Hasenbegovic
Mr M Hoegh