The Year 7 Mathematics course will have a strong focus on numeracy skills, including proficiency with multiplication tables and solving numeric problems by use of a mental strategy as well as understanding and applying fractions, decimals and percentages. There will also be an emphasis on problem solving and correct setting out of work.
Topics covered will include whole numbers, decimals, fractions, time, measurement, geometry, 3D drawings, graphing and introductory algebra. Students will utilise skills developed in these topics to learn about Mathematics and how it is used in decision making and problem solving. In conjunction with the Science Department, students work to produce a meaningful project that allows them to showcase critical thinking skills and apply their learning in a practical sense. They will be exposed to theoretical, practical and abstract situations, and will develop as independent learners.
In the first semester of Year 7 all students undertake common course in Mathematics. Results from this course obtained over the course of the semester will then be used to stream students into three different courses for the remainder of the year. The Intermediate A course is intended to extend the more mathematically able students, with a focus on problem solving and abstract ideas.
The intermediate B course is tailored for those students of sound mathematical ability who work at a level that is at Year 7 Standard. The Modified course is designed for those students who require the work to be taken at a slower pace and succeed in an environment that can provide more individual attention.