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 General 1 course is intended to extend the more mathematically able students, with a focus on problem solving and abstract ideas. General 1 student’s, will begin to study problem solving strategies which will be developed conceptually throughout lower school. Students use ideas about Numbers, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability to describe, interpret and reason about their social and physical world.
The General 2 course is tailored for those students of sound mathematical ability who work at a level that is at Year 7 Standard. The Western Australian Curriculum of Year 7 Mathematics, provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Numbers and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life.
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. The course recognises that the students would benefit from explicit instructional pedagogy and concrete Mathematics using manipulatives, real-life context and visuals to make learning visible to the students.