Year 6, Term 2: Cartesian geometry

Focus: Coordinates

Scope and sequence: Coordinates

Learning intention: Students explore the Cartesian coordinate system linking geometry with algebra.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student locates and describes points on a coordinate plane." (MA3-GM-01)
"Students learn to recognise situations, including financial contexts, that use integers; locate and represent integers on a number line and as coordinates on the Cartesian plane." (AC9M6N01)

Week 1

René Descartes

René Descartes 1596 – 1650 (Triple threat: Science, philosophy and mathematics)


“It was René Descartes (1596-1650) in 1637 who initially described the heart as a mechanical pump and the body as a machine” (Loxley, Dawes, Nicholls & Dore, 2018, p. 253).


“I think; therefore I am” which means we cannot doubt our existence while we doubt.


Cartesian coordinates


Week 2

Euclidean geometry

Cartesian coordinates


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7


Week 8

Linking geometry with algebra


Week 9


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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