**Teacher in Charge: ** Mr D. Galvan

Mathematics is one of the eight essential learning areas that help the learner develop the important life skills of numeracy, problem solving and communication.

This is a compulsory course at Year 10. Students will be placed in appropriate classes according to their academic ability.

**Term 1**

The focus of this term is to develop an understanding of the Number strand at curriculum level 3,4 and 5.

Skills taught in term 1 include 'basic facts' (add, subtract, multiply and divide), 'whole number strategies' (factors and multiples) and special numbers (prime and square numbers). Students then move on to learning 'parts of a whole' (ordering and rounding) and finally use 'integers' to solve problems.

The second half of the term focuses on the use of decimals, fractions and percentages. Students will learn about ordering and understanding equivalency, finding 'part of a whole' and percentage changes.

End of term test will focus on all concepts taught.

**Term 2**

The focus of this term is to develop an understanding of Measurement and Algebra strands at curriculum level 3,4 and 5.

Measurement skills taught are 'fixed' (perimeter, area and volume) and 'changing' (time and rates).

The second half of the term will focus on algebraic expressions (simplifying) and equations (substitution into a formula).

End of term test will focus on all concepts taught.

**Term 3**

The focus of this term is to develop a greater understanding of the Algebra and Probability strands at curriculum level 3,4 and 5. In Algebra students will build on their understanding of substituting into a formula and solving linear equations. Students will then focus on 'patterns' which involves co-ordinates and linear graphs.

The second half of the term learning is based on probability and proportional reasoning. Number skills such as fractions, decimals and percentages to solve probability and ratio problems.

End of term test will focus on all concepts taught.

**Term 4**

The focus of this term is to develop an understanding of the Geometry and Statistics strands at curriculum level 3,4 and 5. Geometry will involve learning about shapes and their transformations. Statistics will focus on an introduction to the 'statistical cycle'.

Toward the end of the term, a 2-hour examination will be held. This will cover all strands taught throughout the year. Combined results from Term test and the Examination will be used for student placement at Year 11 (NCEA Level 1).

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POLICY

It is the policy of Tauranga Boys’ College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.