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Year 9
NCEA

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.

A record of homework set will be kept at the Year 9 Homework Page.

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 log-in 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 on-line 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)


Whole numbers, negatives, decimals,integers
Bedmas, multiples, factors, primes
Powers, square roots
5 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 Revision and exams 2 weeks
Transformations

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

Activity Week No classes 1 week
 

Contact

My preferred initial contact is via e-mail: mplant @ stjohns-hamilton.school.nz (no gaps).

If you want to talk directly, then a telephone call back or a meeting at school can be arranged.