The Year 9 Mathematics program is based on the content in the Australian Mathematics Curriculum.
Students will be assigned to one of four courses dependent upon their Year 8 results.
- The Advanced course is designed to cater for those students with an aptitude for mathematics and abstract thinking. It aims to sharpen the skills of mathematical reasoning, inference and applications in advanced topics, such as three-dimensional problems. Additionally, the course aids to identify and prepare students for not only the Year 10 course, but also the 10A programme for the following year, as the 10A course is an extension course beyond the Year 10 syllabus.
- The Intermediate A course is for those students of average to above average mathematical ability. It is taught at a relatively fast pace, but it has a reasonable amount of rigor for students to think, apply and reason mathematically on problems in different contexts. Students will be exposed to some extension topics that would help them grow and learn through mathematical challenges.
- The Intermediate B is a general mathematics program written for students with an average mathematical whom work better at a slower pace. It provides more time and space for students to revise mathematical concepts by using consistent review models of previous topics. The course aims to build confidence in students’ mathematical ability and ensure basic concepts are assessable to the students through well scaffolded lessons and improving students’ mathematical fluency and understanding.
- The Modified course caters for those students who require the work to be at a much slower pace and who require more individual attention. The Modified course has a more structured teaching approach focusing on addressing specific gaps in learning within the class, focusing on numeracy skills needed for the OLNA assessment in Year 10.
Students in the Advanced, Intermediate A and Intermediate B courses cover a selection of topics which may include Pythagoras’ Theorem, trigonometric ratios, linear and quadratic functions, index laws, surface area and volume, congruency and similarity in figures and probability and statistics. The Modified students concentrate on learning and developing basic mathematical skills that will lead to success in mathematical concepts evident in real life contexts.