Mathematics Year 7 – Year 10
Learning Mathematics in Years 7 – 10 aims to equip all students with the knowledge and understanding needed for further study in Mathematics at Year 11 and 12, as well as to prepare for problem solving and decision-making in everyday life. It also aims to instill in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning and ideas that have evolved across all cultures over time. Students are encouraged to learn Mathematics through inquiry and active participation.
All students at PLC are taught the Australian Mathematics Curriculum.
The proficiency strands understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning are an integral part of mathematics content across the three content strands: number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. The proficiencies reinforce the significance of working mathematically within the content and describe how the content is explored or developed. They provide the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of mathematics.
In Years 7, 8, and 9, all students undertake the same course in Mathematics, and they will be in flexible class groupings to allow for the learning of concepts at an appropriate pace and depth. Students may undertake a modified assessment structure if deemed appropriate.
Mathematics in Year 10 builds on the learning of mathematical concepts in earlier years and will provide a foundation for further studies in Mathematics. Mathematics classes are organised into three courses, according to the needs of the students.
Students are encouraged to think and reason mathematically, and not just perform routine procedures. An emphasis is placed on modelling real world applications, and the development of problem-solving skills.
Summative assessments take place in the form of tests and investigations.
I.C.Ts (Information and Communication Technologies such as graphing calculators and dynamic geometry software) are used to assist students learning and application of Mathematics.
Mathematically able students are encouraged to participate in extension and enrichment activities including:
- Have Sum Fun, conducted by the Mathematics Association of WA.
- Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (Challenge and Enrichment Stages), administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust
- Web based problem-solving activities.
- ICAS Mathematics Competitions
The diagram shows recommended pathways based on grades achieved in the Year 10 programme.