Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

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

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

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
  • Mathematics Standard 1
  • Mathematics Standard 2

The Mathematics faculty is dedicated to making the study of mathematics a relevant and engaging experience for all students.

Mathematics is both a reasoning and creative activity employing abstraction and generalisation to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. The symbolic nature of mathematics provides a powerful, precise and concise means of communication.

Mathematics in Kindergarten to Year 10 provides students with knowledge skills and understanding in:

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

It focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined:

  • mathematical understanding
  • fluency
  • communication
  • logical reasoning
  • analytical thought and problem-solving skills. 

This enables students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives.

Students learn to apply their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in a broad range of contexts beyond the mathematics classroom, including in such core learning areas as Science, Geography, History and English.

The study of mathematics provides opportunities for students to appreciate the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning and to apply mathematical understanding creatively and efficiently.

The study of the subject enables students to develop:

  • a positive self-concept as learners of mathematics
  • enjoyment from mathematics
  • skills to become self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.

The Mathematics faculty are always looking at new initiatives that encourage students to engage with and develop a full appreciation of mathematics and its relevance in the 21st century.