Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy is the alternative to Core Mathematics offered in Grades 10, 11 and 12.  The National Curriculum Statement for Mathematical Literacy states that the purpose of the subject is to provide learners with an awareness and understanding of the role that Mathematics has in the modern world.

Mathematical Literacy focuses on the areas in real life where Mathematics is needed i.e. on problems and situations related to daily life contexts in which Mathematics is embedded. Students learn practical skills that will enable them to find concrete solutions to numeric, spatial and statistical problems associated with the everyday challenges of life.

It is inappropriate to compare Mathematical Literacy with the old Standard Grade Mathematics, as it is an entirely different subject with its own distinctive curriculum and purpose. The curriculum has been designed to develop skills necessary for learners to gain confidence, become self-managing persons and improve their chances of success in dealing with financial and other quantitative demands of the modern world. Teachers will aim to foster an approach of curiosity and exploration in order to encourage learners to enjoy, appreciate and value the subject.  Learners are encouraged to explore their own ways of thinking in order to develop individual methods and strategies for practical problem-solving situations.

The content of Mathematical Literacy is designed to enable learners to handle, with confidence, the Mathematics that affects their lives. However, Mathematical Literacy should not be taken by those learners who intend studying disciplines at a tertiary level that are mathematically-based, such as the Natural Sciences or Engineering.

Mathematical Literacy is suitable for:
Learners who wish to proceed to disciplines within the Social and Life Sciences sector, as Mathematical Literacy will enable them to deal effectively with mathematically-related requirements in these areas.
Equipping mathematically less able learners with the skills and knowledge needed to be able to interact confidently with the Mathematics encountered in everyday situations.

It is sometimes perceived to be inferior to study Mathematical Literacy over Mathematics, but this perception arises out of a misunderstanding of what is acceptable and what is interpreted as ‘clever’.  Not all girls have been granted the same talents, and it is imperative to focus on the subject that embraces each individual’s strengths, as their career post-school (and university) will be chosen based on these strengths.  It does not help to insist on the choice of Core Mathematics – especially when students’ confidence is low, their results consistently below 50% and their passion not within the bounds of the subject.  For further information with regards to career opportunities with Mathematical Literacy, feel free to visit:

Curriculum Outline:  Mathematical Literacy

Basic skills topics Weighting in exam
Interpreting and communicating answers and calculations These topics will be assessed in an integrated
way in the application topics
Numbers and calculations with numbers
Patterns, relationships and interpretations
Application topics
Finance 35%
Measurement 20%
Maps , plans and other representations of the physical world 15%
Data handling 25%
Probability 5%

Assessment and Examination:  Assessment is structured exactly as with Mathematics.

Date: Monday, 23 May 2016 14:19