Mathematics

Subject Head
Mrs Janice Bell
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Mrs Carla Barclay
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Mrs Linda Carr
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Mr Louis du Plessis
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Mrs Lucille Mather
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Mr Carl Snyman

Mrs Anneliese van Niekerk
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Mr Darrell Wicht, BSc
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Overview

Why is Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy compulsory for all students?

Being mathematically literate enables persons to contribute to and participate with confidence in society. Access to Mathematics is therefore a human right in itself.

The study of Mathematics develops a critical awareness of how mathematical relationships are used in social, environmental, cultural and economic relations the necessary confidence and competence to deal with any mathematical situation without being hindered by a fear of mathematics an appreciation for the beauty and elegance of mathematics a spirit of curiosity a love for mathematics

In addition the study of mathematics can enable a student to:

recognize that mathematics is a creative human activity
develop deep conceptual understanding
acquire the specific knowledge and skills necessary for
problem solving in 'real-life' situations
the study of related subjects
further study in mathematics

 

Brief Policy

We are in the midst of a challenging new phase in our teaching of mathematics. A positive approach is essential in order to maintain standards and motivate students. Our aim is for each student not only to enjoy mathematics, but to produce the best possible result he can. To this end we try to relate the subject to their world where possible, and strive to show enthusiasm and enjoyment in the subject and in their progress, however slow it may be.

We expect and demand the highest standards from our students. Explanatory notes and examples are provided and it is the responsibility of the students to ensure that these are copied down/ pasted in neatly. A neat and well-organised notebook is an extremely useful study-aid. We do insist that students show all necessary working details for class and homework as it is the methods involved in achieving the solutions which are of paramount importance. We encourage students to redraw geometry figures for the same reasons.

The onus is on the student to catch up any notes/homework, etc which he may have missed as a result of absenteeism for whatever reason. Teaching and learning in the classroom continue even if students are away on school business.

Where possible, we aim to cover for teachers who are absent by redistributing the absent teacher's students into a set or sets of a similar level. It is imperative that students placed in this situation co-operate and take full advantage of the fact that they are not being left untaught. Besides being a common courtesy any work covered during such time will be considered to have been thoroughly taught and will not be retaught by the regular teacher on his/her return.

 

Homework

Homework should be set every day. Although time constraints do not permit us to check each book individually every day spot checks are made from time-to-time, and the opportunity is offered in each lesson to discuss any problems which may have arisen from the previous day's homework. If your son insists that he has completed his work during class (possibly in the case of quicker workers) revision of work covered at an earlier stage is always a worthwhile alternative.

 

Testing and Forms of Assessment 

 

CAPS REQUIREMENTS

GRADE 8 and 9 TERM MARKS

 

TERM 1

 

Assignment 50

Controlled Test 100

 

TERM 2

 

Investigation 50

Controlled Test 50

Examination 100

 

 

TERM 3

 

Project 50

Assignment 50

Controlled Test 100

 

TERM 4

 

Investigation 50

Assignment 50

Examination 200

 SBA - 40
Exam - 60
Total - 100

 

GRADE 10 and 11 TERM MARKS

 

TERM 1

 

Investigation 50

Controlled Test 50

 

TERM 2

 

 Assignment 50

Exam 100

 

TERM 3

 

Controlled Test 50

Controlled Test 50 

 

TERM 4

 

Controlled Test 50

Examination 200

 SBA - 100
Exam - 300
Total - 400

 

 

GRADE 12 TERM MARKS

 

TERM 1

 

 Investigation 50

Controlled Test 50 

Assignment 50 

 

TERM 2

 

 Controlled Test 50

2 x Examinations each 150

                       

 

TERM 3

 

Controlled Test 50 

Trial Exams 2 x 150

 

TERM 4

 

Controlled Test 50 

Final Examination 200

 SBA - 100
Exam - 300
Total - 400

 

 

Grade 8 Information

Curriculum - As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbook - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 8 Maths Textbook

Stationery requirements:

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file

All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

 

Grade 9 Information

Curriculum - As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 9 Textbook

Stationery Requirements:

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file

All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

 

Grade 10 Information

Curriculum - As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 10 Textbook

                         - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 10 Geometry Workbook

Stationery Requirements:

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file

All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

 

Grade 11 Information

Curriculum - As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 11 Textbook

                        - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 11 Geometry Workbook

Stationery Requirements:

2 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebooks
30 page flip-file (Grade 11 students may work in a file if preferred)

All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator .

 

Grade 12 Information

Curriculum - As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 12 Textbook

                          - MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 12 Geometry Workbook

Stationary Requirements:

2 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebooks
30 page flip-file (Grade 12 students may work in a file if preferred)

All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set

 

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