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NSW Syllabuses

The place of the Mathematics Standard Stage 6 Syllabus in the K–12 curriculum

This diagram places Maths Standard Stage 6 in the K–12 curriculum as a whole and shows the flow of learning from prior to starting school, to post school pathways.  The diagram begins with prior to school learning, explaining how students bring a range of knowledge, understanding and skills they develop at home to the school setting in Early Stage 1. Step 2 shows the Early Stage 1 – Stage 3 mandatory Mathematics K–10 course. Step 3 shows the Stage 4 mandatory Mathematics K–10 courses. Step 4 shows the mandatory Stage 5 Mathematics K–10 course divided into Mathematics Life Skills and Stages 5.1, 5.1/5.2, 5.2, 5.2/5.3 and 5.3. Step 5 shows the list of Stage 6 elective Mathematics courses including Mathematics Life Skills, Mathematics Standard, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2. The final step shows community, other education and learning and workplace pathways.

Building on Mathematics Learning in Stage 5

The outcomes and content in the Stage 6 Mathematics Standard syllabus are written with the assumption that students studying this course will have engaged with all substrands of Stage 5.1 and with the following substrands of Stage 5.2 - Financial mathematics, Linear relationships, Non-linear relationships, Area and surface area, Volume, Right-angled triangles (Trigonometry) and Single variable data analysis and at least some of the content from the following 5.2 substrands – Equations and Probability. Consequently, content in the NSW Mathematics K–10 Syllabus up to and including this level is also implicit in this syllabus. In a number of cases where content from Stage 5 is included it is in the context of review for clarity and completeness. Schools have the opportunity to review other areas of Stage 5 content as appropriate to meet the needs of students.