Stage 5 - Mathematics

Course Description

The study of mathematics provides opportunities for students to learn to describe and apply patterns and relationships; reason, predict and solve problems; calculate accurately both mentally and in written form; estimate and measure; and interpret and communicate information presented in numerical, geometrical, graphical, statistical and algebraic forms. Mathematics provides support for concurrent learning
in other key learning areas and builds a sound foundation for further mathematics education.


Students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of mathematics and its applications in their everyday lives and in the worlds of science, technology, commerce, the arts and employment. The study of the subject enables students to develop a positive self-concept as learners of mathematics, obtain enjoyment from mathematics, and become self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.

Course Structure

Knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • Working mathematically developed through inquiry, application of problem-solving strategies,
    communication, reasoning and reflection
  • Number in mental and written computation and numerical reasoning
  • Patterns and algebra in patterning, generalisation and algebraic reasoning
  • Data in collecting, representing, analysing and evaluating information
  • Measurement in identifying and quantifying attributes of shapes and objects and applying measurement strategies
  • Space and geometry in spatial visualisation and geometric reasoning.
  • The course has 3 pathways: Stage 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 which increase in difficulty.

Assessment Summary

Teachers of Mathematics will provide students with opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as planned assessment events, to demonstrate their learning.