Mathematics

In grades 6-8 mathematics classes, our goal is to help students develop a love for learning, to gain necessary mathematical skills to analyze situations and solve problems in their daily lives, and to use current technology to enhance and transform the learning experience. We achieve these goals with a variety of teaching and learning techniques designed to meet the needs of all learners. The MEF IS with the Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics curriculum compliments our mission. It is presented in six content areas or ‘strands’ over the first three years of secondary education. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The six strands and substrands are

Number

  • Integers, powers, and roots
  • Place value, ordering, and rounding
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, and proportion
  • Calculation

Algebra

  • Expressions, equations, and formulae
  • Sequences, functions, and graphs

Geometry

  • Shapes and geometric reasoning
  • Position and movement

Measure

  • Length, mass, and capacity
  • Times and rates of change
  • Area, perimeter, and volume

Handling data

  • Planning and collecting data
  • Processing and presenting data
  • Interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability

Problem solving

  • Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems
  • Using understanding and strategies in solving problems

The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also an important part of the number content.  Together, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry into IGCSE level courses. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject. At the end of grade 8, students take the Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics exam, which provides an international benchmark for student achievement and areas for improvement.

**Please note that information about the Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics is taken from the Cambridge International Education website cambridgeinternational.org.

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