Year 10/10a unit overview — Australian Curriculum: Mathematics DRAFT
School name Unit title Duration of unit
Our School Mathematics and sport 10 weeks
Students develop an understanding of the mathematics that can be applied in sports, including: statistics and probability, measurement and geometry, and ratio
and proportion. Students apply mathematical reasoning and problem solving to claims that are made about sport. They analyse scenarios in sports such as
orienteering, archery, basketball, netball and darts.
The big ideas of the unit include:
real-world problems can be analysed through statistics, algebraic processes and modelling
the application of mathematics can generate an accurate assessment of a situation that is often counter to our initial intuition.
Inquiry questions for the unit include:
A feature of sports commentary is frequent reference to data and statistics. Do the commentators make mathematically valid claims?
When testing a claim using data and mathematical techniques, how can data and probability be applied?
How can models be used to assist in solving problems?
What elements of trigonometry and geometry could be helpful in a sporting context, e.g. planning tactics in orienteering?
How can we decide who the most valuable player (MVP) in a team is in different sports? Why is identifying this person tactically important?
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Content descriptions to be taught General capabilities and
Number and Algebra Measurement and Geometry Statistics and Probability cross-curriculum priorities
Patterns and algebra Geometric reasoning Chance
Substitute values into Apply logical reasoning, including the Describe the results of two- and three-step
Create print, visual and digital
formulas to determine an use of congruence and similarity, to chance experiments, both with and without
unknown proofs and numerical exercises replacements, assign probabilities to outcomes
Linear and non-linear involving plane shapes and determine probabilities of events. Write reports, including evaluation
relationships Pythagoras and trigonometry Investigate the concept of independence and conclusion.
Solve problems involving Solve right-angled triangle problems Use the language of ‘if...then, ‘given’, ‘of’, Communicate using mathematical
linear equations, including including those involving direction and ‘knowing that’ to investigate conditional terminology.
those derived from formulas angles of elevation and depression statements and identify common mistakes in
interpreting such language Numeracy
Real numbers (10a) Pythagoras and trigonometry (10a)
Data representation and interpretation Understand data in real-world
Define rational and irrational Establish the sine, cosine and area applications.
numbers and perform rules for any triangle and solve related Use scatter plots to investigate and comment
operations with surds and problems on relationships between two continuous
fractional indices variables
Use the unit circle to define Use spreadsheets and graphing
trigonometric functions, and graph Investigate and describe bivariate numerical
software to model real-world data.
them with and without the use of digital data where the independent variable is time
technologies Evaluate statistical reports in the media and Use interactive manipulatives to
other places by linking claims to displays, generate experimental data.
Solve simple trigonometric equations
statistics and representative data Critical and creative thinking
Apply Pythagoras’ theorem and
trigonometry to solving three- Evaluate approaches to solving
dimensional problems in right-angled Investigate reports of studies in digital media problems.
triangles and elsewhere for information on the planning
Design an investigation.
and implementation of such studies, and the
reporting of variability Ethical behaviour
Data representation and interpretation (10a)
Evaluate media reports that refer to
Use information technologies to investigate data.
bivariate numerical data sets. Where
appropriate use a straight line to describe the
relationship allowing for variation
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In this unit:
Understanding includes describing patterns in uses of indices, applying the four operations to algebraic fractions,
finding unknowns in formulas after substitution, making the connection between algebraic and graphical representations
of relations, connecting simple and compound interest in financial contexts and determining probabilities of multiple
Fluency includes formulating proofs using congruent triangles and angle properties, factorising and expanding algebraic
expressions, using a range of strategies to solve equations and using calculations to investigate the shape of data sets
Problem Solving includes calculating the surface area and volume of a diverse range of prisms, finding unknown
lengths and angles using applications of trigonometry, using algebraic and graphical techniques to find solutions to
simultaneous equations and inequalities, and investigating independence of events and their probabilities
Reasoning includes formulating geometric proofs involving congruence and similarity, interpreting and evaluating media
statements and interpreting and comparing data sets
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Relevant prior curriculum Curriculum working towards
In the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics at Year 9 In the Mathematics A senior syllabus
This unit builds upon students’ understanding of the basic concepts of elements of applied geometry
probability and data representation:
data collection and presentation
linear and non-linear relationships In the Mathematics B senior syllabus
Pythagoras and trigonometry introduction to functions
assigning probabilities periodic functions and applications
collecting and displaying data. applied statistical analysis.
This unit develops students’ familiarity with the assessment required in senior
modelling and problem solving tasks
The Essential Learnings, by the end of Year 9, provide a good foundation to this unit. In Year 9, students have engaged with theoretical and experimental
probability, and have gathered, displayed and analysed data. They have modelled, interpreted and evaluated algebraic relationships, and related linear and non-
linear equations to real-world situations.
The application of technology (such as spreadsheets) to create mathematical models will not necessarily be something students have experience with, and may
By the end of Year 10, students expand and factorise monic quadratic expressions and find unknown values after substitution into formulas. They represent
relations on the Cartesian plane and solve linear and quadratic equations. They make connections between simple and compound interest. Students list
outcomes, assign and determine probabilities for chance experiments and investigate independent events. They construct box-plots and compare data sets.
Students investigate and describe statistical relationships and evaluate statistical reports. Students solve problems involving volume and surface area of a range
of prisms and apply reasoning to proofs and numerical exercises. They apply trigonometry to solve right-angled triangle problems.
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Links to other learning areas
Links to Australian Curriculum: Science at Year 10:
Science understanding — Physical science
The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics
Science as a human endeavour — Use and influence of science
People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions.
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Assessment Make judgments
Describe the assessment Assessment date Attributes of student work that demonstrates
the achievement standard include:
Report Week 4
describing patterns in uses of indices
Students focus on the use of probability and statistics in real-world research. They gather
primary data (in small groups) and analyse data and write a conclusion (individual). Students: making connections between algebraic
and graphical representations of relations
conduct an investigation into “hot streaks” in sports such as in basketball and netball
identifing of outcomes for chance
demonstrate an understanding of the difference between dependent and independent experiments
using a range of strategies to solve
collect primary data (small groups) equations
write a data analysis and conclusion (200–300 words — individual response)
applying trigonometry to find unknown
peer- and self-assess their data analysis and conclusion. lengths and angles
Extended modelling and problem-solving task Week 7 investigating independent events and
Students respond to a specific sporting scenario by modelling it using mathematics. Students
have the opportunity to apply mathematics to real-world applications, and provide significant interpreting and evaluating media
evidence towards problem solving and reasoning. statements using statistical argument
Year 10 students model two scenarios in a chosen sport mathematically, interpreting and comparing data sets.
e.g. find perceived displacement between goalposts from various positions on a football
field; find the quickest route to take in orienteering.
Year 10a students model one of the above scenarios and also look at the probabilities of
hitting the various scoring areas of a dart board. They consider the areas of the sample
space, from 1 to triple 20, in their analysis.
Students complete a report containing diagrams, calculations and a discussion (200–300
words for each scenario).
Supervised test End of term
The test includes:
a short-response items that focus on Understanding and Fluency
an extended-response with a focus on Problem solving
a response to stimulus (unseen) that focuses on Reasoning
an individual response under supervised conditions.
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Teaching and learning Supportive learning environment
Teaching strategies and learning experiences Adjustments for needs of learners Resources
Probability, statistics and algebra Section 6 of the Disability Standards Relevant textbook
for Education (The Standards for
Students learn about and explore the concepts of dependent and independent events Worksheets
through practical exercises and problems. They evaluate statistical reports in the Curriculum Development,
Accreditation and Delivery) state that Optional: interactive
media. In particular, students explore cases where a misunderstanding of statistics is
education providers, including class whiteboard with access to
teachers, must take reasonable mathematics programs and
Use relevant questions from textbooks, worksheets and other stimulus, as steps to ensure a course/program is websites/images
appropriate. designed to allow any student to Coordination of primary data
Introduce students to independent events by discussing the following statement: participate and experience success collection for report will require
“I’ve just tossed 5 heads in a row. Surely the next toss is more likely to be a tail!” in learning. coordination with HPE
Discuss the importance of appropriate sample sizes for chance experiments. The Disability Standards for department for access to
Education 2005 (Cwlth) is available basketball and netball courts
Construct a glossary of relevant terms, including: experimental probability, from: <www.ag.gov.au> select and equipment (or other
theoretical probability, trial, favourable outcome, event, relative frequency, sports)
Human rights and anti-discrimination
expected frequency, replacement, independence, scatter plot, sample space,
> Disability standards for education. Computer access required for
bivariate, tree diagram.
Plan and conduct chance experiments. (spreadsheet) and report
Tabulate results. writing (word processing)
Substitute values into formulas.
Use sample spaces including using tables and tree diagrams to determine the
probability of compound events.
Transfer word problems into probability notation, including n(event), P(event).
Discuss and investigate how commentators in various sports cite statistics. How
accurate is their interpretation of the data? What is the significance of the statistics
Investigate the myth of Australian batters getting out on 87 (the unlucky number)
Research and compare the sporting achievements of three or more champion
athletes and decide who is the greatest based on their statistics
Begin research on the “hot streak”. (This investigation requires scaffolding and
monitoring of student understanding.)
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Teaching and learning Supportive learning environment
Teaching strategies and learning experiences Adjustments for needs of learners Resources
Research the “clustering myth”, including a class discussion of the concepts
involved in evaluating a “hot streak” mathematically.
Measurement, geometry and algebra
Students develop their understanding of the logical reasoning involved in solving
geometric problems and right angles.
Students use algebra to model real-world situations, and extend their understanding
of trigonometry. Students apply this learning to exploring the physical aspects of
Use relevant questions from textbooks, worksheets and other stimulus, as
Explore the congruence and similarity of plane shapes using scale drawings.
Investigate Thales’ use of similar triangles to find the height the Pyramids.
Review trigonometry and Pythagoras from Year 9, e.g. the terms opposite,
adjacent, hypotenuse, and the trigonometric ratios.
Solve problems involving bearings (direction) and elevation.
Solve linear equations using graph paper and technology (graphing calculators/
Use technology to determine the acceleration of an object falling freely using a
linear regression (can be done theoretically or using primary data from ticker
timers/strobe light/high speed camera).
Implement Extended modelling and problem solving task
Revise for supervised test
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Ways to monitor learning Teachers collaboratively plan the teaching, learning and assessment to meet the needs of all learners.
and assessment Teachers mark student responses individually, then select samples representative of the A–E qualities for moderation. Teachers
moderate samples to ensure consistency of judgments.
Feedback to students Teachers plan opportunities through the teaching strategies and learning experiences of the unit. Teachers provide ongoing
feedback and encouragement to students on their strengths and areas for improvement. Through particular learning experiences
students can reflect on and discuss with their teachers and peers what they are able to do well and what they need to do to
improve, e.g. transfer word problems into probability notation, including n(event), P(event).
Reflection on the unit plan At the conclusion of the unit, all teachers involved in the planning, teaching, learning and assessment come together to reflect on
the successes and challenges of the unit. They prepare, share and discuss their personal reflections through answers to the
What worked well in this unit?
What was a stumbling block?
How would you refine it?
What trends and gaps in learning have you identified?
How will you build on these learning experiences next term and beyond?
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