Mathematics

At Forrest Hill we believe that studying Mathematics gives students the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically, and logically. Our students learn to structure and to organise, to carry out procedures flexibly and accurately, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge.

By learning mathematics and statistics in authentic context students develop other important thinking skills. They learn to create models and predict outcomes, to conjecture, to justify and verify, and to seek patterns and generalisations. They learn to estimate with reasonableness, calculate with precision and when they must be interpreted with uncertainty.

Number and Algebra – Number involves calculating and estimating, using appropriate mental or written methods in flexible ways. It also involves knowing when it is appropriate to use estimation and being able to discern whether results are reasonable. Algebra involves generalising and representing the patterns and relationships found in numbers, shapes, and measures.

Geometry and Measurement – Geometry involves recognising and using the properties and symmetries of shapes and describing position and movement. Measurement involves quantifying the attributes of objects, using appropriate units and instruments. It also involves predicting and calculating rates of change.

Statistics – involves identifying problems that can be explored by the use of of appropriate data, designing investigation, collecting data, exploring and using patterns and relationships in data, solving problems and communicating findings. Statistics also involves interpreting statistical information, evaluating data-based arguments, and dealing with uncertainty and variation.