Driving to School

Driving to School 2 – February 2021
Why Year 8 Mathematics is VERY Important


Good morning. This is Jason Ursino from Learning Space and I’m driving to school. 

Today I’m going to talk about Year 8 Mathematics.

To me, Year 8 Mathematics is the most important, even more important than Year 12.

The main reason is because, how you perform or how your child performs in Year 8 Maths,

determines what course are you getting to in Year 9, in fact that’s not even called a course.

In some places they call it a pathway, so it determines what pathway of Mathematics that your child would undertake. 

Now Year 9 and Year 10 is known as Stage 5. And in Stage 5, it’s broken up into 3 pathways, if you like, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.

5.3 in the old language is Advanced and 5.2 in the old language is Intermediate. 5.1 would be the low-ability maths and it’s usually a small course of students with learning support.

Now what you would like your child to do, if possible, is to get into the 5.3 course and the reason for that is because when you’re in 5.3, you have more options in Year 11 and 12.

A 5.2 student Year 9 and 10 can only do Standard Mathematics in Year 11 and 12 or no maths at all, because remember, Mathematics is not compulsory in 11 and 12.

However, a 5.3 student has the capabilities of doing Advanced Maths, Extension Maths or Mathematics Extension and Mathematics Advanced, and Mathematics Standard. So, it gives a child more option and there’s many courses at university that only allows you to do the course if you did a minimum of Mathematics Advanced.

So you see, from Year 8 Maths, all the way up to university, you’re pretty much determined on what you can do later on.

So, what you would like your child to do is to do the best, as much as they can in Year 8.

If you asked a Year 8 student what do they want to do when they leave school, most of them won’t know. So the ideal thing to do is to keep their options open.

The Year 8 student performs well, then they get on to the pathway of 5.3. So the ultimate goal for a Year 8 student is to get into 5.3 in Year 9.

From 5.3, you can only go downwards, it’s very, very difficult to go up, so if you’re a 5.3 Year 9, you can fall into 5.2 Year 10 so you do have to keep the consistency but you can’t go up. So if you’re a 5.2 student in Year 9, you can’t do 5.3 in Year 10 because you did not learn the 5.3 content in Year 9.

So that is something that I tell a lot of parents and it’s something that not many schools articulate very well, and it is a real shock to a lot of parents when they find out about it. 

So Year 8 is super important, so if you’re ever going to get extra support or if you want to have a sit down with your child and explain to them that they have to do very well, Year 8 is the time to do it, not Year 11, not Year 12.

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Driving to School 1 – January 2021
3 Things to Thing About when your Child Starts the New School Year


Good morning. This is Jason Ursino from Learning Space and I’m driving to school.

Today I’m going to be talking about the three things to think about when your child is about to start school.

So number 1 would be organisation. If your child is organised at the start of the year, they’ve got all their equipment and all their books then there’s a good chance it’s going to be organised throughout the year and conversely, if they are not organised from day one, then there’s a good chance that throughout the year they’re going to have pages missing, they’re going to have missing notes, they’re not going to have their equipment with them and that hinders on the learning. So organisation is important.

The second thing is goal setting. At the start of the year, the child’s motivation is at its peak. They’re quite excited to start school after a long break, see their friends again, meet their new teachers, and all that sort of thing and it’s probably a good idea to harness that motivation into goal setting. Now when you are goal setting for the year with your child, probably be a good idea if you wrote things down. It is more powerful if things are in writing. Also, I have to say that there is a lot of things on the internet in goal setting, being able to make sure that it is measurable and think about how you’re going to do it, more practical etc. All that sort of thing you can find on the internet but goal setting is important for the child’s year at school.

The third thing is just a conversation with the child to remind them that it’s a fresh start and what I mean about that, is that usually when students start a new year, they have new teachers and a lot of the new teachers don’t really know your child so the fresh start is important. It gives the child an opportunity to prove themselves and to just show them that this year is a different year and this year is going to be the year that they’re going to improve on their Maths or their History or whatever it is.

So it is important to think about those 3 things:
Goal setting
and to remember that it’s a fresh start.

And these 3 principles apply pretty much for anyone starting school from kindergarten all the way to the HSC.

So they’re the 3 things to think about.

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