Year 10 - Foundation Mathematics


Year 10 Foundation Mathematics


In Year 10 Foundation Maths the students complete work that is aimed at helping them develop and improve their basic numeracy skills and apply them to everyday situations. The course uses a thematic approach where different levels of abilities are catered for.

This subject is designed to provide access to worthwhile and challenging mathematical learning in a way that takes into account the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students. It is also designed to promote students’ awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life in a technological society, and confidence in making effective use of mathematical ideas, techniques and processes.

Throughout the year students will develop knowledge based around the following key areas:


  • Measurement (conversion of units, scale diagrams, calculation of perimeter, area, volume and surface area of simple and complex shapes, time zones, distances and world locations)
  • Statistics (range, mean, median, mode, development of surveys and the analysis of data including an examination of bias, graphical displays and their interpretation)
  • Probability (both experimental and theoretical)
  • Financial Arithmetic (percentages, interest rates, bank statements, methods of earning pay, credit cards)
  • Number (continual skill development in fractions, decimals, ratio and percentages)

Students will engage in the following mathematical activities within the topics mentioned above:

  • Apply knowledge and skills: Learning and practising mathematical algorithms, routines and techniques, and using them to find solutions to standard problems.
  • Model, investigate and solve problems: The application of mathematical knowledge and skills in unfamiliar situations, including situations that require investigative, modelling or problem solving approaches.
  • Use technology: The effective and appropriate use of technology to produce results, which support learning mathematics and its application in different contexts.


The Mathematics curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and, Statistics and Probability.

Main Assessment Tasks

  • Skills based tasks, for example, tests, homework sheets
  • Problem solving and Modelling activities



  • Scientific calculator
  • Folder or exercise books
  • Digital device
  • Ruler


  • Year 10 Foundation Mathematics leads directly into Unit 1 & 2 Foundation Mathematics. There is no pathway into Year 12 Mathematics.

Possible pathway could lead into -

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