MATHEMATICS

Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and improves the lives of the students at Prescott College Southern. The Australian Curriculum stipulates that Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge from within three content areas. These include; number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Combined, these content areas aim to develop the numeracy capabilities that all students at Prescott College Southern need in their personal, work and civic life, and provide the essentials on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are constructed.

Prescott College Southern recognises the value and beauty that Mathematics provides by instilling in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning from a Christian perspective. Mathematical ideas are constantly evolving and developing but it is Christ who is central to these changes. Digital technologies are constantly facilitating the development of ideas and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and creation. The curriculum at Prescott College Southern focuses on evolving increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical skills. Skills such as understanding, fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving enable students to be able to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations through using certain mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and to solve problems efficiently and to the best of their ability.

As the author of life, God’s faithfulness and dependability is recognised through the inter-relationship of all disciplines. Mathematics is composed of multiple concepts that are both interrelated and interdependent. Students are able to apply these concepts beyond the mathematics classroom.

The curriculum at Prescott College Southern aims to ensure that all students benefit from accessing the power of mathematical reasoning and learn to apply their mathematical understanding creatively and efficiently. The Mathematics curriculum provides students with carefully paced, in-depth study of critical skills and concepts. It encourages teachers to help students become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences from a Christian perspective.
What students learn in Mathematics during their schooling, benefits them in the development of many lifelong skills. At Prescott College Southern, Mathematics is taught with a holistic approach that caters for a diverse range of learning styles. With this approach taken, students are being fully equipped to be Mathematically knowledgeable citizens in the 21st century and can use Mathematical skills at home, in their future workplaces and in the community.