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NSW Syllabuses

Mathematics Standard key

The following codes and icons are used in the Mathematics Standard Stage 6 Syllabus.

Outcome coding

Syllabus outcomes have been coded in a consistent way. The code identifies the subject, Year and outcome number.

In the Mathematics Standard Stage 6 Syllabus, outcome codes indicate the subject, Year and outcome number. For example:

Outcome coding diagram showing outcome code MS11-2 where 'MS' is Mathematics Standard, '11' is Year 11 and '2' is Outcome 2

Code

Interpretation

MS11-1

Mathematics Standard, Year 11 – Outcome number 1

MS1-12-4

Mathematics Standard 1, Year 12 – Outcome number 4

MS2-12-5

Mathematics Standard 2, Year 12 – Outcome number 5

MALS6-6

Mathematics Life Skills, Stage 6 – Outcome number 6

Coding of the Australian curriculum content

Australian curriculum content descriptions included in the syllabus are identified by an Australian curriculum code which appears in brackets at the end of each content description, for example:

Calculate payments based on government allowances and pensions (ACMGM003).

Australian curriculum content coding diagram showing code ACMGM003 where 'AC' is Australian Curriculum, 'M' is Mathematics, 'GM' is General Mathematics and '003' is the element code

Where a number of content descriptions are jointly represented, all description codes are included, eg (ACMGM001, ACMGM002, ACMMG003).

Coding of Year 11 standard

In Year 11 Standard, content that is required to continue to the Year 12 Standard 1 course or to meet the Australian Core Skills Framework numeracy level 3, has been identified using the symbol .

This symbol can be used to aid schools programming for students who are yet to fulfil their numeracy requirement for the Higher School Certificate, or who wish to continue to the Year 12 Standard 1 course.

Coding of applications and modelling

The syllabus provides many opportunities for students to apply and develop further the knowledge, skills and understanding initially developed in the topics.

In considering various applications of mathematics, students will be required to construct and use mathematical models. Mathematical modelling gives structure to what we perceive and how we perceive. In following a modelling process, students view a problem through their past experience, prior knowledge and areas of confidence. As a model emerges, it extends their thinking in new ways as well as enhancing what they have observed.

Modelling opportunities will involve a wide variety of approaches such as generating equations or formulae that describe the behaviour of an object, or alternatively displaying, analysing and interpreting the data values from a real-life situation.

In the process of modelling, teachers should provide students with opportunities to make choices, state and question assumptions and make generalisations. Teachers can draw upon problems from a wide variety of sources to reinforce the skills developed, enhance students' appreciation of mathematics and where appropriate, expand their use of digital technology.

Opportunities for explicit application and modelling opportunities are identified within the syllabus by the code AAM

For example: Use units of energy to describe consumption of electricity, such as kilowatt hours, and investigate common appliances in terms of their energy consumption. (ACMEM031) AAM Sustainability Literacy

Learning Across the Curriculum Icons

Learning across the curriculum content, including cross-curriculum priorities, general capabilities and other areas identified as important learning for all students, is incorporated and identified by icons in the syllabus.

Cross-curriculum priorities

 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

 Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

 Sustainability

Sustainability

General capabilities

 Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking

 Ethical understanding

Ethical understanding

 Information and communication technology capability

Information and communication technology capability

 Intercultural understanding

Intercultural understanding

 Literacy

Literacy

 Numeracy

Numeracy

 Personal and social capability

Personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

 Civics and citizenship

Civics and citizenship

 Difference and diversity

Difference and diversity

 Work and enterprise

Work and enterprise