Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy 2019-05-27T09:09:42+02:00

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Staff

Subject Head
Tyler Botha: BEd (NMMU)
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Judith Parfitt: BA (Mus), HDE (UPE), FDE (RAU)
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Marzane Meyer: BEd (NMMU), BEd HON (NMMU)
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Overview

Mathematical Literacy was introduced as a subject in 2006 with 11 students and has steadily grown since then. Two classes of matrics are currently completing their studies in this subject.

Brief Policy

Mathematical Literacy is a choice subject in Grades 10–12. Mathematical Literacy provides students with an awareness and understanding of the role that mathematics plays in the modern world. It is a subject driven by life-related applications of mathematics. It enables students to develop the ability and confidence to think numerically and spatially in order to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations and solve problems.

Homework

Classwork exercises are given daily and homework is usually given daily.

Tests and Assessment

There are 2 controlled tests in Term 1 (one open-book), 1 in Term 2 and 2 in Term 3. Other assessment includes a research project, a source-based project, assignments, worksheets, class tests and formal examinations in Term 2 and 4.

Grade 10 Information

Curriculum

Numbers and Operations

  • Formulae (manipulating and substituting)
  • Estimating
  • Mental and Calculator Calculations
  • Exponents
  • Surds
  • Percentages
  • Scientific Numbers
  • Exponents to Scientific Numbers also in S&M
  • Budget sheets
  • Bonds
  • Number patterns
  • Exponential graphs
  • Loans
  • Inflation
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Direct Proportion
  • Personal Finances
  • Assignment

Data Handling

  • Tally and frequency tables
  • Summary statistics
  • Bar diagrams
  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews
  • Pie diagrams
  • Line diagrams
  • Histograms
  • Stat diagrams
  • Frequency
  • Possible outcomes
  • Expressing probability
  • Conclusions

Functional Relationships

  • Tesselations
  • Ratio/Rate
  • Inverse Proportion
  • Assessment
  • Sketch and interpret
  • Work with inverse proportion
  • Linear Patterns
  • Linear Functions
  • Assessment
  • Convert between units
  • Quadratic Patterns
  • Quadratic Functions

Shape, Space and Measurement

  • Length and distance
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • Volume
  • Angles, Views
  • Views of objects
  • Enlarging and reducing drawings
  • Convert between units
  • 2d and 3d problems

Textbook

The Oxford Successful Mathematical Literacy Grade 10 (Johan Pretorius, Rika Potgieter, Werner Ladewig), 2005

Grade 11 Information

Curriculum

Numbers and Operations

  • Exponents – positive, including formulae, scientific notation
  • Roots – by hand and calculator, formulae
  • Expenditure and income
  • Optimal selling price, profit margins

Functional Relationships

  • Linear functions – tables and graphs
  • Compound growth – tables and graphs
  • Ratio and Rates
  • Direct and inverse proportion including tables and graphs
  • Quadratic functions
  • Relationships between variables

Data Handling

  • Stats:
  • Tallies and tables incl mean, mode,
  • median, range
  • Pie diagrams, bar diagrams
  • Probability: basics, contingency tables, trees
  • Interpreting data

Shape, Space and Measurement

  • Lengths and distances – estimates, calculating
  • Areas
  • Volumes
  • Units of measurement
  • Scale drawings
  • Mapwork, Cartesian plane
  • Ratios for distance, position
  • 2D shapes, geometrical shapes
  • Shapes, solids

Textbook

The Oxford Successful Mathematical Literacy Grade 11 (Johan Pretorius, Rika Potgieter, Werner Ladewig), 2006

Grade 12 Information

Curriculum

Numbers and Operations

  • Taxation
  • Currency
  • Interest rates
  • Compound and effectively equivalent simple interest
  • Growth options
  • Inflation
  • Impact of interest on loans, bond repayments

Functional Relationships

  • Planning problems
  • Constraints and limits
  • Linear programming
  • Graphs of indices and fluctuations

Data Handling

  • Stats:
    Mean, median, mode, range, variance, standard
    deviation, percentiles, quartiles, scatter plots
    Critiques of stats graphs
  • Probability:
    basics, contingency tables, trees, interpreting data

Shape, Space and Measurement

  • Areas and surface areas
  • Volumes of prisms
  • Conversions of units
  • Interpretations of Scale drawings, models
  • Use of grids, maps and compass directions

Textbook

The Oxford Successful Mathematical Literacy Grade 12 (Johan Pretorius, Rika Potgieter, Werner Ladewig), 2007

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