Year 11 Critical Problem Solving (11CPS)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Blignaut


Preference is given to those students who have completed the Innovation Stream programme in Years 9 and 10. Students choosing this course cannot take a mainstream math course to go alongside this one. 

This course is a mathematics and statistics merger of Community Action and Problem Solving from the Junior Innovation Stream programme. Year 11 Critical Problem Solving continues to develop the capabilities of Critical Thinking, Self-Management, and Collaboration. Students will be exposed to real-world applications, future-focused industry, and problem-solving. Students will apply their knowledge in numerical reasoning, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability.

The course must be taken with 11CFD/11APH and 11FPS. The three courses work together to create the Year 11 Innovation Stream programme.  Teachers monitor student NCEA progress closely and can tailor the topics to student interests. Year 11 Critical Problem Solving can lead to Year 12 Mathematics learning area courses such as Maths with Calculus, Maths with Statistics and Maths Modelling.

Course Overview

Term 1
In Term 1, students will focus on applying numerical skills with algebra and measurement to explore the concept of identity by looking at personal budgets and personal decisions around lifestyle costs. Students will also be exploring self and others’ identity through data gathering and analysis in statistical investigations.

Teaching and learning will be focused towards preparing students to sit in their first internal assessment: 1.1 Explore data using a statistical enquiry process (91944), which will be assessed in Term 2.

Throughout Term 1, parents and caregivers can be asking their child:
What new concepts and methods in Mathematics and Statistics are you learning in your CPS class? How do you apply these in analysing situations and coming up with multiple creative solutions? How have you explored your identity and that of others in class?

We will be using Google Classroom as our online learning resource manager. Ask your child to share their Google Classroom folder located in their Google Drive so that you can view all of their completed works in the Classroom. Assessments will be delivered in digital format.

Term 2
In Term 2, ākonga will learn how to interpret and apply mathematical and statistical literacy skills to make well-founded judgements from mathematical and statistical data which applies to real world contexts.

Mathematical and statistical literacy skills include, but are not limited to:
looking into sources of variation
identifying misleading information
extracting information from given sources
making informed decisions based on mathematical or statistical facts (including financial literacy)
examining claims
interpreting information and connecting to a context.

Ākonga will learn how to recognise and make connections with the mathematics or statistics needed to make well founded judgements and decisions about evidentiary claims, graphs, and other represented information. Ākonga will be given the opportunity to interpret media and make informed life-skill related choices. Ākonga will draw on Significant Learning from several topics to interpret information.

For the first few weeks of term 2 ākonga will be completing their first internal assessment, Mathematics & Statistics 1.1: Explore data using a statistical enquiry process (AS91944), thereafter the teaching and learning will be focused towards preparing ākonga to sit the external assessment, Mathematics & Statistics 1.3: Interpret and apply mathematical and statistical information in context (AS91946).

Learning Areas:

Innovation Stream


Year 12 Mathematics Modelling (12MATM), Year 12 Mathematics with Calculus (12MATC), Year 12 Mathematics with Statistics (12MATS)

Career Pathways

Auditor, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Chemist, Marine Biologist, Financial Adviser, Production Manager, Data Analyst, Actuary, Electronics Engineer, Tailor/Dressmaker, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Buyer, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Dental Assistant, Real Estate Agent, Secondary School Teacher, Valuer, Intelligence Officer

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