Mathematics Stage 4
Mathematics in Stage 4 is presented in six strands:
- Working Mathematically
- Space and Geometry
- Patterns and Algebra
The strands are treated separately but are interwoven to provide a balanced program to meet the needs and ability of the students.
Each student receives a calculator in Year 7 to allow for new approaches to the learning of mathematics. It is stressed, however, that calculators should not reduce the importance of mental strategies and written computations are not neglected.
The Year 7 course is integrated with the Year 8 (Stage 4) course to enable students to reach a suitable standard before commencing Stage 5 Mathematics.
Throughout each year group common assessment is carried out to make comparisons between students and classes. The four common tasks in Year 8 are used to grade students for Year 9, Stage 5 Mathematics.