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A look at the new Mathematics Standard syllabus for NSW

Monday, 03 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Updated: 29/04/2017

This post is a single point to access some of the resources I'm developing as I investigate the new Mathematics Standard Stage 6 Syllabus (2017) released by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

1. Course Description: a summary view of the new syllabus

 Course Description PDF, 148 KB



2. Standard syllabus versus General syllabus: includes each item in the new syllabus mapped to the old syllabus. Also includes links to the Australian Curriculum. This is not official, rather my best guess.



3. Standard syllabus versus General syllabus - Presentation: an overview of the topics in the new syllabus mapped to the old syllabus. Slides designed for presentation.

Screenshot of Mathematics Standard vs General



4. Standard syllabus mapped to General syllabus: an overview of the topics in the new syllabus mapped to the old syllabus. An abbreviated version of #2 above and slightly more detail than #3.



5. 23/04/2017 Presentation: Mathematics Standard - What's new, what stays the same?: a slide package that I will be presenting at Staff Development Day to my faculty. For that reason, some of the slides may be unclear without the context I will provide.



6. 29/04/2017 Mathematics Continuum of Learning: from the Mathematics 7-10 Syllabus Continuum of Learning, I have used the new Stage 6 Standard syllabus to attempt to extend the Continuum of Learning.

Screenshot of Continuum of Learning

The interest points for me: Ratios and Rates: 5.2 Ratio and Rates not listed as required and no Rates and Ratios in Year 11. Measurement makes this almighty appearance in Year 11 and then turns into Trig and scale drawing. Mass makes a reappearance after last appearing in Stage 3.


Documents above based on Mathematics Standard Stage Syllabus, NESA, 2017. They are not authorised NESA documents. They are for planning and review purposes only. Shared for use by teachers in schools only.

Over on MathsLinks, I've started aligning content to the new Standard syllabus.

Dates as Operations 2017

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 | 0 Comments

Like most teachers I write the date at the top of the whiteboard each day. As an extra point of interest, in 2016 I endeavoured to write a number sentence using the digits of the date, in order, underneath the date.

For example:
7/4/16        7 - √4 = -1 + 6
27/5/16        2 + 7 - 5 = √16
(Date written as dd/mm/yy)

  • Example of data as operation

I didn't specifically refer to the sentence, nor make it an activity in class. A senior student in one class made a point of completing the number sentence if I hadn't. Another student in my roll class regularly pointed out if I had not written a sentence for the day.

In 2016 I had some help completing a list of sentences.

If you'd like to contribute to a list for 2017 (or just use the list) visit this Google Sheet:

Dates as Operations 2017

For 2017, I have columns for two formats of the date dd/mm/yy and dd/mm/yyyy.

Data values vs scores

Sunday, 30 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Note for self really,

In the new NSW Syllabus for Mathematics K-10 what used to be referred to as scores when analysing data are now called data values.

So the definition of mean is written as

$$\bar{x}=\frac{\text{sum of data values}}{\text{number of data values}}$$


Post it Pythagoras

Saturday, 15 October 2016 | 1 Comment

Inspried by this, Pythagoras in 2 minutes.

I used Post-It notes to demonstrate Pythagoras' Theorem to a class.

Example of post-it Pythagoras

There's something nice and tangible about this simple demonstration.

I turned the idea into a animation:

Dice - MathsStarters

Saturday, 08 October 2016 | 0 Comments

I've updated the electronic dice on MathsStarters. Includes ready to go Multo and Addo cards.
Variations of dice include two six-sided dice, two ten-sided dice or two custom dice (0 to 20) - the dice can show multiplication or addition and answers.

MathsStarters Dice logo image

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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