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maths year by year guidecontinued...

Year 8:

What they are like: Average age 12½ to 14 - Children at this age are very sensitive and get upset, offended or stressed out easily. They are also full of life and it is sometimes hard to keep up with them physically. Their knowledge base is fairly broad and you might need to expand your own knowledge base in certain areas in order to understand and ascertain what children at this age are talking about. Times are changing!

What they should know: Advanced English and Mathematics with proper values, attitudes and beliefs. They should be able to listen and respond with a responsible attitude. Cultural understanding and historical knowledge. Mathematical understanding of chance and data, space and algebra. They should be able to work Scientifically concerning science in daily life. Understand concepts of earth and beyond, energy and change, life and living and natural resources. Active citizenship should be promoted.

Focus for the year: Continue to build solid foundations on what they have learned. Explore wider areas of Technology and Scientific experiments. Continue to develop a second language if one was learned previous year. Learn more about the Arts in Society, art skills and processes.

Important subjects: English and Mathematics are number one subjects. Science, Technology, Social Studies, Health and physical development and Art all follow suit. Environmental awareness and global economy may be touched upon as well.

Best way to help: Be there! Don't assume they don't need you any more because they are older and act more grown up. They are still children who need your guidance and love for a long time to come.

Year 9:

What they are like: Average age 13 to 15 - Stubbornness is common and rebellion often follows suit if left unattended for too long. Guide with love, re-assure their security and confidence in the family. They need you so be there for them.

What they should know: Advanced English and Mathematics with proper values, attitudes and beliefs. They should be able to listen and respond with a responsible attitude. Cultural understanding and historical knowledge. They should be able to investigate, communicate and participate in social areas. Mathematical understanding of chance and data, space and algebra. They should be able to work Scientifically concerning science in daily life. Understand concepts of earth and beyond, energy and change, life and living and natural resources. Active citizenship should be promoted. Politics and legal systems need to be understood.

Focus for the year: Continue to build solid foundations on what they have learned. Explore wider areas of Technology and Scientific experiments. Continue to develop a second language if one was learned previous year. Learn more about cultural identities, natural and economic systems. In Mathematics the focus will be on solving equations and re-enforcing algebra.

Important subjects: At this level all subjects are important and students may even wish to add more electives to their workload.

Best way to help: They will stumble upon academic problems which may even baffle you as a parent. Don't be afraid to ask help from someone with more knowledge than you in relevant areas. Most people are more than happy to offer their expertise, time permitting. Don't let television or computer games come before studies, keep a watchful eye out for temptations which may lead to regret afterwards. Be there for your children!


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