Essential Mathematics is designed to support students who have Numeracy as an area for development. It focuses on the mathematics of daily life rather than in the context of work or further study. Students who study Essential Mathematics in Stage 1 are unable to study a Mathematics course in Stage 2. Students intending to study Stage 2 General Mathematics should undertake 20 credits of General Mathematics at Stage 1.
Recommended background: Students at IBMYP level 3 or lower in Year 10 Mathematics should consider Essential Mathematics.
A scientific calculator is required.
The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 Essential Mathematics.
Calculations, Time and Ratio
Earning and Spending
Data in Context
Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.
Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
Four assessment pieces are completed in each semester of Stage 1 Essential Mathematics.
Osmosis practical report (IF)
Cells and Microorganisms topic test (SAT)
Keystone Species essay (IF)
Ecosystems and Biodiversity topic test (SAT)
Disease Spread and Prevention essay (IF)
Infectious Disease topic test (SAT)
Enzymes practical report (IF)
Multicellular Organism topic test (SAT)
Stage 1 Essential Mathematics is assessed using two criteria:
Concepts and Techniques
Reasoning and Communication
SACE requires all students to achieve a C grade or higher in one semester of any Mathematics course in Stage 1. Students who are successful have the option to choose to select an alternative elective in semester 2 or continue with a second semester of Mathematics. Students who are not successful must study a second semester of Mathematics.
CARE • COMMITMENT • CO-OPERATION • RESPECT