# 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.

#### 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 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) 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

## 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.