Department of Education - Learners First

Mathematics

Why do we study Mathematics?

Mathematics is one of our core subjects, enabling students to develop the skills needed to become the problem-solvers of the future. There are thousands of different jobs that require some knowledge of Mathematics and many practical applications in day-to-day life. You may not want to be an engineer and design the next Tasman Bridge but students will certainly need to cook and adapt recipes or possibly secure a loan to buy their first car.

At Rose Bay we have a strong focus on developing multiplicative thinking in Year 7 and 8 to enable students to access all areas of the Australian Curriculum in Mathematics. We offer many opportunities for students to extend their skills through Maths by Inquiry in Year 8, Accelerated Mathematics in Year 9 and General Mathematics – Foundation and Mathematical Methods – Foundation in Year 10.

Meet the Mathematics Team 

Susan Hindley (Team Leader) Year 10
Susan Bowler Year 9
Warren Bradley Year 8
Thomas Coad Year 10
Luke Denholm Year 7
Mark Dew Years 7 and 9
Nicole Green Year 8

Kim Kay Year 8
Skye Lawler Year 9
Jacob Lintner Year 8
Kathleen McElduff Year 7 Intervention Program
Sam Meier Years 7 and 10
Jodie Presnell Year 10

Middle School Program of Study

Year 7

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

The duration of a unit of work is usually between four to five weeks. Topics covered in Year 7 include:

  • Measurement – Perimeter, area and volume
  • Geometry 1 – Angles and parallel lines
  • Algebra – Substitution, simplifying expressions and solving simple linear equations
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Data – Graphical representations of data, calculation of mean, median and mode
  • Geometry 2 – Triangles and quadrilaterals, the Cartesian plane, transformations.
  • Probability – chance, equally likely events

We assess students on their multiplicative thinking at the beginning of Year 7 enabling teaching and learning experiences to be tailored to meet students’ needs. Development of numeracy skills are taught throughout the year and are integrated within each of the units of work.

This page is still under construction. Staff are working in collaborative teams to develop and update the learning opportunities for all students in our school. We shall continue to upload information as it becomes available and updated.

Year 8

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Number 1 – Revision of 4 operations, BIDMAS, directed numbers
  • Algebra 1 – Indices
  • Algebra 2 – Substitution, simplifying algebraic expressions (+, -, x, ÷), expanding and factorising
    Measurement 1– Revision perimeter, area and volume of simple shapes, area of quadrilaterals and compound shapes using formulas, circumference and area of circles, volumes of prisms
  • Number 2 – Fractions using the 4 operations. Ordering and rounding decimals. Fractions, decimals and percentages conversions, mark up and discount using percentages.
  • Algebra 3 – Simplifying and using ratio, scale, speed.
  • Probability – Simple and multiple events, sample space, tree diagrams and Venn diagrams
  • Algebra 4 – Solving linear equations
  • Measurement 2 – Angles, parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons.
  • Algebra 5 – The Cartesian plane, linear functions and gradient.
  • Statistics – Revision of averages and range. Collecting data, effect of outliers.
  • Measurement 3 – Reflection, rotation and translation. Congruence.
  • Measurement 4 – Time.

Senior School Program of Study

Year 9

Topics and Units of Work Studied 

  • Algebra 1 – Revision of simplifying algebraic expressions and solving linear equations. Expansion of binomial expressions.
  • Measurement 1 – Pythagoras’ Theorem. Revision of perimeter, area and volume. Surface area and volume of right-prisms including cylinders.
  • Indices – Index laws, scientific notation.
  • Finance – Percentage mark-up and discount, Simple Interest, Hire Purchase.
  • Measurement 2 – Similarity, trigonometry.
  • Data – Surveys, data in the media, collecting data, statistical graphs
  • Algebra 2 – Linear and non-linear relationships. Graphing functions, calculating mid-point and gradient of line segments. Finding the equation of a straight line.
  • Probability – 2-step chance experiments, tree diagrams, 2-way tables, Venn diagrams. Using relative frequency to estimate probabilities.

This page is still under construction. Staff are working in collaborative teams to develop and update the learning opportunities for all students in our school. We shall continue to upload information as it becomes available and updated.

Year 10

Topics and Units of Work Studied

  • Simplifying algebraic expressions – Review simplifying algebraic expressions including indices laws.
    Algebraic fraction.
  • Finance 1 – Review Simple Interest and GST. Compound Interest.
  • Linear Equations – Revise y = mx + c and solve linear equations. Solve inequalities and simultaneous equations. Examine conditions for parallel and perpendicular lines.
  • Quadratic expressions and equations – Binomial expansion and factorisation. Solve quadratic equations. Sketch parabolas.
  • Data – Quartiles, box-plots, histograms. Evaluating statistical reports in the media.
  • Chance – Describe 2 and 3-step chance experiments and assign probabilities to the outcomes.  Consider independent and dependent events.
  • Finance 2 – Earning money and taxation.

This page is still under construction. Staff are working in collaborative teams to develop and update the learning opportunities for all students in our school. We shall continue to upload information as it becomes available and updated.