​YEA​​​R 7, 8 & 9

At Forest Lake State High School, we aim to give all students the essential mathematical skills they will need in their personal, work and civic life. Students can also explore the fundamentals of specialised and professional mathematics study.  Mathematics has its own value and beauty and we want to help students appreciate the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning.  Digital technologies are helping us to explore mathematical ideas in new ways and by using old and new technologies, we focus on developing skilled mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills.  Students will see the way mathematics links together as well as the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines. While exploring these links students can develop critical skills and concepts and become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.

Y​EAR 10


Mathematics is an essential part of your education because it gives you a foundation for developing an understanding of many aspects of your world. It also gives you the knowledge and skills to participate in, and make wise decisions about, issues in the world and the things that affect your life.  Year 10 Mathematics offers you opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes relating to effective functioning as a member of society; being numerate - in a wide range of contexts both in school and out of school; engaging in further study in mathematics and the enhanced use of technology as one of many tools for learning.

Mathematic​​s Extension

The Extension Mathematics course extends the basic mathematics topics covered up to the end of year 9. As such, the course is designed to prepare students for the study of Mathematical Methods in year 11 and 12.  The course will focus on the more difficult and theoretical content required as a basis for Mathematical Methods. Topics are covered include -the understanding and use of index notation; the algebra of rational numbers; representing and working with functions; application of trigonometric functions; additional statistical analysis techniques (box and whisker plots) and Euclidean geometry (circle theorems).

Essential Mat​​hematics

Essential Mathematics focusses on the essential core elements of the Year 10 course and allows students who found ​Mathematics challenging in previous years, the opportunity to succeed. After finishing this course in Year 10, students are prepared and ready to engage and succeed in Essential Mathematics in Year 11.​

YEAR​​ 11 & 12

General Mathema​​tics – General Senior Subject

Networks and matrices, building on the content of the P–10 Australian Curriculum General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus.  Students build on and develop key mathematical ideas, including rates and percentages, concepts from financial mathematics, linear and non-linear expressions, sequences, the use of matrices and networks to model and solve authentic problems, the use of trigonometry to find solutions to practical problems, and the exploration of real-world phenomena in statistics.  Students engage in a practical approach that equips learners for their needs as future citizens. They learn to ask appropriate questions, map out pathways, reason about complex solutions, set up models and communicate in different forms. They experience the relevance of mathematics to their daily lives, communities and cultural backgrounds. They develop the ability to understand, analyse and take action regarding social issues in their world.

Mathematical Methods – General S​​​enior Subject

Mathematical Methods’ major domains are Algebra, Functions, relations and their graphs, Calculus and Statistics.  Mathematical Methods enables students to see the connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical skills to real-world problems, becoming critical thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers.  Students learn topics that are developed systematically, with increasing levels of sophistication, complexity and connection, and build on algebra, functions and their graphs, and probability from the P–10 Australian Curriculum. Calculus is essential for developing an understanding of the physical world.  The domain Statistics is used to describe and analyse phenomena involving uncertainty and variation. Both are the basis for developing effective models of the world and solving complex and abstract mathematical problems. Students develop the ability to translate written, numerical, algebraic, symbolic and graphical information from one representation to another. They make complex use of factual knowledge to successfully formulate, represent and solve mathematical problems.

Specialist Mathematics – Gener​​al Senior Subject

Specialist Mathematics is designed for students who develop confidence in their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners. They will gain an appreciation of the true nature of mathematics, its beauty and its power.  Students learn topics that are developed systematically, with increasing levels of sophistication, complexity and connection, building on functions, calculus, statistics from Mathematical Methods, while vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced. Functions and calculus are essential for creating models of the physical world. Statistics are used to describe and analyse phenomena involving probability, uncertainty and variation. Matrices, complex numbers and vectors are essential tools for explaining abstract or complex relationships that occur in scientific and technological endeavours.  Student learning experiences range from practising essential mathematical routines to developing procedural fluency, through to investigating scenarios, modelling the real world, solving problems and explaining reasoning.

Essential Mathe​​matics – Applied Senior Subject

Essential Mathematics’ major domains are Number, Data, Location and time, Measurement and Finance.  Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy.  Students develop their conceptual understanding when they undertake tasks that require them to connect mathematical concepts, operations and relations. They learn to recognise definitions, rules and facts from everyday mathematics ​and data, and to calculate using appropriate mathematical processes. Students interpret and use mathematics to make informed predictions and decisions about personal and financial priorities. This is achieved through an emphasis on estimation, problem-solving and reasoning, which develops students into thinking citizens.


If you require any further details, please contact:

Lex McBean - Head of Department  (Mathematics) on 3714 2333 or

Last reviewed 07 March 2022
Last updated 07 March 2022