Maths


Maths at Lilydale High School

Students are expected to complete Mathematics as one of their core subjects up to Year 10.  In Year 11 and 12 they have the choice of completing a Mathematics course.

Junior School – Core Mathematics

Year 7

  • 5 periods per week
  • Year 7 Mathematics Parent Information Session handout
  • Year 7 Mathematics Parent Power Point Presentation

Year 8

  • 4 periods per week

Middle School – Core Mathematics & Bridging Maths

Year 9

  • 5 periods per week PLUS
  • 2 optional periods per week Bridging Maths

Year 10

  • 5 periods per week of Maths Methods OR
  • 5 periods per week of General Maths PLUS
  • 2 optional periods per week of Bridging Maths

VCE

Year 11

  • 5 periods per week of General Maths OR
  • 5 periods per week of Maths Methods

Year 12

  • 5 periods per week of Further Maths
  • 5 periods per week of Maths Methods

Numeracy Program

Students requiring extra assistance in Junior School can be recommended for the Numeracy Program.  The Numeracy Program operates on Tuesdays and Thursday in a specialist numeracy room.  Students involved in the Numeracy Program work in small groups of up to 6 students on basic skills and focus on areas of need with the numeracy teacher Ms Jeanette Kropp.

Lunchtime Tutorial Classes

Students who require some extra help with their work are invited to attend the lunchtime tutorial classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime.  These classes are held in Room 31 and are staffed by members of the Mathematics faculty for students of all year levels.  Should students fall behind in their work due to illness or other circumstances, we recommend that they make use of this time to catch up on any work they have missed.

Online Resources and Programs

Students at Lilydale High School have access to Maths Online and Mathletics through personalised usernames and passwords.  The online programs are a valuable resource to aid students in their understanding and individual learning.

Please click on the links below to access;

Khan Academy is another website that students may find useful.  Students can make use of their extensive video library, practice exercises and assessments.  Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available free of charge.

The ‘Maths Mate Program’ enables students to systematically revise all skills related to the key mathematical strands at their level.  The Maths Mate Program is centered around a weekly sheet.

Calculators

Students in Year 10 to 12 are expected to use the TI-Nspire CAS Calculator.  All CATs, SACs and VCAA examinations require students to demonstrate their competence in the use of this calculator.  They are avaliable for purchase from the General Office for $210.00.

Students in Year 7 to 9 are encouraged to use the Ti-30 XB MultiView Calculator, which are available from Lilydale Books for $28.95.

Examinations

All students in Year 10 to 12 sit end of semester and end of year examinations (Year 9 students sit one end of year examination).  Students are allowed to use one bound reference for assistance during these examinations.  The bound reference should consist of a collection of notes that students have written throughout the semester in class that they can then utilise if they need to.  Guidelines for ‘use of bound references’ for all Schools and VCAA examinations can be found here.

Homework

Junior School

Students in Year 7 and 8 use the Macmillin homework book ‘Active Maths’.  There is usually one to two homework sheets per topic studied with additional sheets occasionally being offered by their teachers where suitable.  Students should be doing between 30 and 60 minutes of Mathematics homework per week.  This may consist of completing their homework sheets or unfinished classwork or revising their notes in preparation for tests.

Middle School

Students in Year 9 and 10 use the ‘Maths Mate’ homework books.  Students are usually set one sheet each week, which should take about an hour to complete.  As well as this students should spend up to another 30 minutes completing unfinished classwork or revising their notes in preparation for tests and examinations.

VCE

Students in VCE have no designated homework resource but are expected to do at least 2 hours of homework each week.  This will usually consist of completing required work tasks, revising for examinations, preparing summary notes in the bound reference or making use of resources such as StudyON or those given to them by their teacher.

Thomas Moore, Head of Maths