Topics Covered

The Pinnacle Mathematics Course covers all topics from the Year 8 NSW Maths Syllabus for Stage 4 under the new Australian National Curriculum.

  • Algebra and Indices
  • Equations and Inequations
  • Measurement
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Fractions, Decimals and Financial Mathematics
  • Ratios and Rates
  • Geometry Solids
  • Linear Relationships
  • Congruence and similarity
  • Data and Statistics

Course Structure

Students are required to attend a 2 hour lesson per week, which includes:

  • 10  minutes weekly quiz where students complete real past exam questions under exam pressure. Students will receive their mark and feedback in the same lesson.
  • 50 minutes theory coverage - this component is conducted in an interactive and informal environment where students work through many examples. At Pinnacle, we believe that limited knowledge is conveyed in lecture-styled lessons and students retain the most knowledge when they are actively involved during the class.

Our Approach

The focus of this course is to challenge students who have a strong understanding of foundational mathematical concepts in the Stage 4 Maths Syllabus. It is aimed at the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. The student will develop the following:

  • A strong conceptual understanding of the mathematics concepts rather than memorising the formulae
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Mathematical techniques and methodologies for developing speed and accuracy with answering exam style questions
  • Exam techniques through weekly quizzes and school exam preparation with past assessment papers from various selective schools
  • Interest and motivation in mathematics

All students in Pinnacle's Year 8 Mathematics course receive the following:

  • Theory booklets specifically built for each topic containing critical theory components and an abundance of examples to be worked through in class. The booklets offer students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of all topics from the Year 8 NSW Maths Syllabus for Stage 4 under the new Australian National Curriculum.
  • Homework booklets - students are assigned homework each week to develop their understanding of new theory and problem solving skills
  • Past exam papers – usually distributed around assessment times, these past papers provide students with ample opportunity to practice exam style questions and develop exam techniques
  • Out of class help and support – Pinnacle run weekly homework help sessions to assist students outside of the classroom. We understand the frustration of being stuck on a question and we want to support all of our students in every way possible within our abilities.
  • Relevant and flexible topics - topics will be tailored for each class according to the students’ assessment requirements and their school progress.