Throughout Year 5, the emphasis is on the use of the four operations, with particular emphasis placed on developing both mental and written strategies. Place value is developed further, going from thousands to millions and then incorporating decimal places. Students’ knowledge of fractions is extended with the ability to add and subtract but also order, compare and change into decimals and percentages. In the area of measurement , students learn how to estimate and measure perimeter and area and convert measurements. Both 12 hour and 24 hour time is examined. Students also look at data collection and create surveys, then presenting the information in graphical form. A major focus throughout Year 5 is the development of problem solving skills, both written and mental.
The Year 6 Mathematics course aims to increase the students’ skills that have been developed over the previous years. The students work on problem solving activities, where they develop both written and oral strategies that relate to daily life examples. Students further develop their skills in the four basic operations and also in decimals. Continuation of work in the area of space and measurement occurs in relation to learning all the angles and how to use a protractor. Students also look at mapping and how to use co-ordinates.
The Year 7 Mathematics course aims to provide students with an appreciation of the field of mathematics, while developing practical life skills. Students are introduced to new topics such as algebra, while continuing to refine their skills in areas that have been developed throughout their school life. Problem solving is incorporated into all areas of the mathematics curriculum, with each unit having a section which involves increasing strategies to deal with daily life situations. The students work in groups, individually, through exercises in their books and through project work.
The Year 8 Mathematics course aims to extend the students appreciation of the field of mathematics. Classes build on the knowledge of areas already started in Year 7 and extend the skill development. Students complete set exercises from their text books, but are also exposed to group and project work. They focus on problem solving within each area of mathematics and acquire both written and mental skills to deal with daily life situations.
(Last update January 20, 2011)