Essential Mathematics

Australia's most respected and comprehensive maths series for every student in Years 7 to 10&10A

Essential Mathematics CORE retains many of the features that made our previous series Essential Mathematics GOLD for the Australian Curriculum so popular. Combining a proven teaching and learning formula with innovative digital capabilities, Essential Mathematics CORE encourages students who require additional support in mathematics to master the basics of applied mathematics in everyday life and in the workplace.

Essential Mathematics for the Australian Curriculum Third Edition and Essential Mathematics for the Victorian Curriculum Second Edition retain all of the features that have made these series so popular and now addresses the needs of a wider range of students, provides even greater assistance for teachers and offers a new level of digital support.

Authors: David Greenwood, Bryn Humberstone, Sara Woolley, Justin Robinson, Jenny Goodman, Jennifer Vaughan and Stuart Palmer.

What's new in these editions?

Revised treatment of the proficiency strands

Essential Mathematics CORE features revised 'Understanding' questions that are more closely linked to 'Key Ideas', promoting class discussion and to help consolidate the fundamental skills and concept needed for the topic.

Pre-exercise ‘Building understanding’ questions immediately after ‘Key ideas’ promote class discussion and help consolidate the lessons’ fundamental skills and concepts for students who need the support, and allow stronger students to move more quickly to the worked examples and the Fluency of the exercise.

'Now You Try' questions for every worked example

Questions without worked solutions have been added to every worked example. These additional questions give students immediate practice at the same type of question covered in the worked example before completing equivalent exercise questions. ‘Now You Try’ questions also provide teachers with extra material to demonstrate questions in the same style as the worked example, without students having seen the solution beforehand.

'Application and Problem-solving' activities

A set of graded and scaffolded ‘Applications and Problem-solving’ activities allowing students to investigate practical applications of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the chapter.

Note: These activities are only available in Essential Mathematics for the Australian Curriculum Third Edition and Essential Mathematics for the Victorian Curriculum Second Edition.

Tools to help students keep track of their progress

‘Learning intentions’ at the beginning of each lesson clearly state what the student should expect to learn in the lesson. A checklist of success criteria, complete with short example questions, is then provided at the end of every chapter to assist students with keeping track of their progress through the chapter, and also doubles as a form of quick revision.

A new level of digital support

Additional features in the Interactive Textbook and Online Teaching Suite, powered by Cambridge HOTmaths:

  • ‘Workspaces’ in the Interactive Textbook that allow students to enter their working for all exercises directly into the Interactive Textbook. 
  • Self-assessment tools that allow students to assess their own working and alert the teacher to questions they found difficult. 
  • Embedded Desmos interactives and Desmos interactive graphing calculator, scientific calculator and geometry tools. (Note: Desmos is not featured in the Essential Mathematics CORE series)
  • New Diagnostic, auto-marked pre-tests, a progress quiz and multiple-choice review questions in every chapter.

Watch our resource previews and workshops!

Series preview
Essential Mathematics
for the Australian Curriculum
Third Edition

View our workshop recording:
Exploring the enhanced teaching & learning support
in the new Essential Mathematics for Victoria,
presented by David Greenwood

Series preview 
Essential Mathematics
for the Victorian Curriculum
Second Edition