Homework
Most homework will be set via the MathsBuddy system at
www.mathsonline.com.au
Occasionally homework will be on paper, usually in the form of worksheets, or will be revision before a test.
MathsBuddy
In general the MathsBuddy system offers strong reinforcement, with immediate feedback, and so is ideal for normal homework. However, not every topic is covered to the same level so there will be times when no MathsBuddy suitable exercises are available.
Most exercises will be set to be completed by the following Sunday, although ideally they should be done before that. They remain active for some time afterwards, so boys can catch up on missed exercises. If they have forgotten how to do a topic, they should review the accompanying video.
The system has a login for parents who are interested in following their son's progress.
It is strongly recommended that parents record their son's password somewhere easy to find, as they are often lost.
Alternatives
For parents who want other or extra material, there are some relatively cheap books that give pages of homework exercises (along with quite useful notes and examples):
The
Alpha Mathematics Workbook published by Pearson:
www.pearsoned.co.nz
The
Fast Track 1 from Eton Press is at a higher level, but covers the same basic material and is recommended for more able students:
www.eton.co.nz
Revision and Support Material
The material on the
Year 9 resources page of this site is generally to allow students to revise at the end of a topic or to catch up if they have missed some lessons. Most resources are paper worksheets, with worked answers, for the students to either do directly on the computer or print out.
The
Year 9 online page gives links for students to get routine practice of fundamental skills from suitable websites.
Year Plan
This is a plan only, and times will change somewhat with circumstances.
Term

Topic

Content

Time

One

Number (1)
no calculator

Whole numbers, negatives, decimals,integers
Bedmas, multiples, factors, primes
Powers, square roots
Simple fractions 
6 weeks


Number (2) 
Fractions, percentages and applications 
5 weeks 




Two 
Measurement (1) 
Time, metric system, scales and rates 
2 weeks 

Measurement (2)

Perimeter and area of rectangles, parallelograms, and circles,
and shapes made up of parts of those
Volumes of prisms, especially cuboids and cylinders 
3 weeks


Algebra (1)

Simplifying expressions
Solving linear equations 
5 weeks





Three

Algebra (2)

Patterns and relationships
Graphs 
3 weeks


Geometry

Angles on lines, triangles and parallel lines
Symmetry and isosceles triangles 
4 weeks


Probability

Experimental probability
Theoretical probability including tree diagrams 
3 weeks






Four

Statistics

Means, medians, quartiles, ranges
Statistical graphs
Data collection and sampling 
2 weeks


Exams (2 hours) 
Revision and exams 
2 weeks 

Statistics contd. 
Practical examples 
1 week 

Transformations

Reflection, rotation and translation
Tesselation, 3D representations 
2 weeks


Activity Week 
No classes 
1 week 