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Nurturing Excellence


Mathematical Literacy

Contrary to popular belief, Mathematical Literacy is not a ‘dumbed down’ version of Core Mathematics. This subject focuses on the everyday mathematics needed to be a functioning adult. All of the problems are based in real life contexts and very little time is spent on abstract problems. The subject is divided into three different basic skills sections, namely:

  • Interpreting and communicating answers and calculations
  • Numbers and calculations with numbers
  • Patterns, relationships and representations

Five application topics:

These basic skills are applied to the five application topics:

  • Finance
  • Measurement
  • Maps, plans and other representations of the physical world
  • Data handling
  • Probability

In these application topics, learners will learn how to interpret the terms and conditions in financial agreements and the information on financial documents. They will learn how to calculate tax and analytically interpret statistics. Contexts of problems will include creating budgets for offices, calculating break even points and planning logistic operations. Mathematical Literacy has the same APS weighting as Mathematics. Learners who take Mathematical Literacy will be able to study in the following fields:

  • Film and Media Production
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Fine Arts
  • Social Work
  • Physiotherapy (at UCT)
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Audiology (at UCT)
  • Occupational Therapy (at UCT)
  • B Tech Dental Technology
  • B Tech Emergency Medical Care
  • B Tech Nursing
  • B Tech Radiography
  • B Tech Agriculture
  • B Tech Landscape Technology

Those learners electing to take Mathematical Literacy in Grade 10 will be integrated in the Core Mathematics class until they reach Grade 11. The subject requires roughly 5 hours of work a week.