Mathematics

What is Mathematics? Mathematics the study, use, and enjoyment of manipulation of complex symbols and notation. Helping students to develop knowledge and a coherent understanding of their environment. Encouraging students to develop skills for investigating their environment in scientific and mathematical ways. Providing opportunities to develop the attitudes on which scientific investigation depends. Promoting Mathematics as an activity that is carried out by all people as a part of their daily life. Portraying Mathematics as both a process and a set of ideas, which have been constructed by people to explain phenomena. Encouraging students to consider the ways in which people have used /mathematical knowledge and methods to meet their needs. Developing understanding of the evolving nature of science, mathematics and technology Assisting students to use mathematical knowledge to make decisions about the usefulness and worth of ideas, helping students to explore issues and make considered decisions about the use of mathematics. Developing understanding of the way people influence, and are influenced by mathematics and technology. Nurturing mathematical talent to ensure a future scientific community. Develop an interest in and understanding of the knowledge and processes of mathematics which form the basis of many careers.

What is Senior Mathematics at William Colenso College?

The Senior School Mathematics at William Colenso College provide students with a rich range of courses which are appropriate to their literacy levels and responsive to their needs. The courses are scaffolded and cognitively incremental in that they offer pathways through which students can move in order to achieve to the level/outcome they require for career/tertiary entry. The study of mathematics gives students access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world. To be successful participants, they need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in depth. By understanding how numbers and science works, students are better equipped to make appropriate language choices and apply them in a range of contexts. Students learn to deconstruct and critically interrogate reports. The school values whanaungatanga, Hirangatanga and Manaakitanga are promoted and modelled in the selection of contexts offered, and the range of rich activities students engage in such as practical experimentation

Links to the WCC Strategic Plan

To achieve responsive outcomes for all students, the department:

  • Acknowledges that success in Mathematics/science (numeracy) is fundamental to success across the curriculum. All learning areas (with the possible exception of languages and English) require students to receive, process, and present ideas or information using the numbers and symbols as a medium.
  • Tries where possible, to weave Tikanga Maori into all programmes via the use of appropriate Maori contexts .

To achieve responsive systems and processes, the department:

  • Monitors, analyses and evaluates student achievement data to reflect on and review programme delivery. Aims explicitly to improve Maori achievement through deliberate acts of teaching.
  • Maintains (via HOL) fiscal integrity and adheres to budgetary constraints.
  • Annually reviews all programmes to find better outcomes for students (in particular, raise Maori achievement).

To achieve responsive learning opportunities, the department:

  • Presents students with opportunities to engage with and develop the key competencies in diverse contexts.
  • Attempts to offer real and relevant curriculum challenges via context choices that are linked to the lives of students and activities, which have some (albeit sometimes obscure) real-life relevance/value.
  • Provide extension activities and challenging undertakings for international students, in particular focusing on topics that are similar to those studied by their peers or provide them with support and strategies to gain University Entrance.
  • Offer e-learning opportunities where possible

To achieve responsive relationships, the department:

  • Embraces the school Restorative Justice System and Kia Eke Panuku practices to enable positive relationships and critical dialogue.
  • Develops, where necessary, individualised learning programmes to meet students’ unique requirements/needs. In all SENIOR mathematics/science classes, and for many of the tasks in the other senior classes, the assessments tasks are negotiated with the students to suit their interests/desires/needs. In short, we offer a flexible and individually negotiated curriculum.