Year 9 Headstart is designed for students intending to do year 9 maths and want to develop mathematics ability to complete HSC advanced and Extension 1 course in year 12. In addition to year 9 topics, this course will also cover the year 10 maths, giving students a significant headstart by the time they enter year 10 at school. This course starts in October and ends in September in the following year. Class is scheduled once a week and is of 2 hours duration. This course permits entry to year 10 Mathematics Headstart course (covering year 11 advanced maths) or Year 10 Headstart Acceleration course (covering year 11 extension 1 maths).

**Assurance of Learning**

*Structured Weekly Session*

Study material covering theoretical concepts is provided every week. In the lecture, the mathematical concepts are explained and example problems are worked to apply the concepts. The course develops competencies for year 9 and year 10 mathematics and lays a strong foundation for HSC advanced mathematics and Extension course. Workshop is an interactive and collaborative part of the weekly program that aims to develop problem solving, critical thinking and reflective thinking enabling the students to consolidate the knowledge gained in the lecture. Following the workshop, a tutorial is conducted for assessing each student’s independent learning outcomes.

*Regular Homework*

Regular homework is an integral part of this course. Homework provides independent learning opportunity. This maximises students’ progress and builds confidence in the school assessment tasks. Homework booklet is marked and feedback is regularly provided to students. There is always an adequate opportunity to clarify any difficulties.* *

*Revision Examination*

At the completion of every topic, there is a revision examination. Parents receive a detailed feedback of their child’s performance.

*End-of-Term Examination*

There is a more formal revision examination held in the last week for all topics covered during any term. This exam is held under exam style conditions to develop exam management confidence. This exam is strictly marked to provide feedback to students and their parents to identify areas for improvement.

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