Soaring into Numbers

Algorithmic at Home

Course Outline

Tic Tac ToeStudents do not need external assessments to participate in Born to Soar courses. We ask that you read the course descriptions carefully to determine that the required skill level is appropriate for your child. 

The ‘Algorithmic’ course endeavours to challenge students to think of mathematics as a creative discipline. Participants will be challenged to write mathematical equations in order to describe their thinking to find winning solutions for an ancient strategy game. The facilitator will encourage students to think mathematically, rather than ‘do mathematics’; the focus is on the process to the solution rather than the accuracy of the solution itself. An appreciation of inventors of mathematical thinking will be explored as students are encouraged to invent their own algorithms. It will be necessary at times for the students to complete tasks away from the computer and the virtual classroom. 

Student pre-requisites skills required to join this classroom:

  • mathematically able above their year level

This course has been undertaken successfully by highly able students in Years 3, 4 and 5.

Parents please note:

  • an adult supervisor needs to be on hand during virtual classes
  • students’ work will need to be uploaded to their personal cloud folder


Australian Curriculum Mathematics Links

The specific mathematics skills that are targeted in this course are:

Year 7 / Statistics and Probability / Data representation and interpretation

  • Construct and compare a range of data displays including stem-and-leaf plots and dot plots


Year 7 / Statistics and Probability / Chance

  • Assign probabilities to the outcomes of events and determine probabilities for events


Year 7 / Number and Algebra / Patterns and algebra

  • Create algebraic expressions and evaluate them by substituting a given value for each variable


Year 8 / Number and Algebra / Linear and non-linear relationships

  • Plot linear relationships on the Cartesian plane with and without the use of digital technologies



It is assumed that teachers will use a variety of mathematical task types including those that give students choice of approach and those for which there is an optimal strategy; those for which there are various possible solutions and those which have a single correct answer; those that prompt the development and use of mathematical models; those that incorporate ideas across content strands; and those that require thinking in more than one discipline.




At home students meet once a week for four weeks.

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Important Notes

The ‘Algorithmic’ Course challenges students to think mathematically, rather than ‘do mathematics’; it is a fun and engaging way to challenge intellectual mathematical thought. ‘Algorithmic’ uses an ancient game to pose this concept: the description of any process can be conveyed not by words but entirely by number. This course has been undertaken successfully by highly able students in Years 3, 4 and 5 and will explore the Australian Curriculum Mathematics strands for Years 7 and 8.

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