Essential Mathematics for the Australian Curriculum: 8 [Text + Digital] [For the Australian Curriculum]

  • David Greenwood, Bryn Humberstone, Justin Robinson, Jenny Goodman, Jennifer Vaughan, Stuart Palmer
  • Paperback+Digital Access
  • Cambridge University Press
  • 30/11/2023
  • ISBN: 9781009372909

RRP: $62.01 (Inc. GST)



Trusted coverage of the Australian Curriculum Version 9.0, now with powerful diagnostic tools to identify and address gaps in student knowledge.

What’s New:

  • New content is introduced in the logical and sequential way you expect from Essential Mathematics to encourage deep understanding and support teachers’ delivery of the new curriculum.
  • technology and computational thinking activity per chapter addresses the curriculum’s focus on algorithms, computational thinking, and the use of technology, and encourages students to use digital tools to solve a range of mathematical problems.
  • Targeted skillsheets – one for each lesson in each book – focus on a single skill or small set of related skills and are supported by worked examples.
  • Editable PowerPoint lesson summaries, ideal for classroom presentation, help focus student attention and promote class discussion.
  • Introducing our diagnostic assessment tool: developed in consultation with classroom teachers, this powerful tool offers the flexibility to build your tests using either the structure of the textbook or the curriculum, and choose to drill down to the level of individual mathematical skills. Identify and address gaps in student knowledge with intuitive reporting and follow-up work suggestions.

A proven teaching and learning formula:

  • Developed by the most experienced and authoritative team of authors writing for the Australian Curriculum, this new edition continues to combine logical and sequential topic development with well-graded exercises and linked examples to encourage deep understanding of concepts.
  • Carefully designed, differentiated learning pathways (Foundation, Standard and Advanced) ensure all students have some experience across all question types. Topics within chapters are clearly labelled as revision, core or extension to assist with course planning and streaming.
  • Integrated digital resources and a powerful Learning Management System enhance the teaching and learning experience.

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1. Integers
2. Lines, shapes and solids
3. Fractions, decimals and percentages
4. Measurement and introduction to Pythagoras’ theorem
5. Algebra
6. Ratios and rates
7. Equations and inequalities
8. Probability and statistics
9. Straight line graphs
10. Transformation and congruence
11. Algorithmic thinking (Digital chapter)

About the authors
David Greenwood

David Greenwood is the Head of Mathematics at an Independent school in Melbourne and has 30 years’ experience teaching mathematics from Years 7 to 12. He is the lead author for the Cambridge Essential Mathematics series and has authored more than 80+ titles for the Australian Curriculum and for the syllabuses of other states. He specialises in analysing curriculum and the sequencing of course content for school mathematics courses. He also has an interest in the use of technology for the teaching of mathematics.

Bryn Humberstone

Bryn Humberstone graduated from the University of Melbourne with an Honours degree in Pure Mathematics, and has taught secondary school mathematics for over 15 years. He has been a Head of Mathematics since 2014 at two independent schools in Victoria. Bryn is particularly passionate about designing engaging mathematical activities and effective assessment tasks for students with a variety of backgrounds and ability levels.

Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar School, where he leads a team of staff dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education. Prior to this, he spent 20 years teaching mathematics, covering all levels of secondary education and with significant experience teaching VCE, IB and A-Levels. Justin is passionate about challenging students within a safe learning environment. Justin is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, and was listed in The Educator’s 2017 ‘Top 50’ Hot List.

Jenny Goodman

Jenny Goodman has taught in schools for over 25 years and is currently teaching at a selective high school in Sydney. Jenny has an interest in the importance of literacy in mathematics education, and in teaching students of differing ability levels. She was awarded the Jones Medal for Education at Sydney University and the Bourke Prize for Mathematics.

Jennifer Vaughan

Jennifer Vaughan has taught secondary mathematics for over 30 years in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and New Zealand and has tutored and lectured in mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. She is passionate about providing students of all ability levels with opportunities to understand and to have success in using mathematics. She has extensive experience in developing resources that make mathematical concepts more accessible, to develop student confidence, achievement and an enjoyment of maths.

Stuart Palmer

Stuart Palmer is a fully qualified high school mathematics teacher with more than 25 years’ experience teaching students from all walks of life in a variety of schools. He has been Head of Mathematics in two schools. He is very well known by teachers throughout the state for the professional learning workshops he delivers. Stuart also assists thousands of Year 12 students every year as they prepare for their HSC Examinations. At the University of Sydney, Stuart spent more than a decade running tutorials for pre-service mathematics teachers.

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