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 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
- Integers, powers, and roots
- Place value, ordering, and rounding
- Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, and proportion
- Expressions, equations, and formulae
- Sequences, functions, and graphs
Geometry and Measure
- Shapes and geometric reasoning
- Position and movement
- Length, mass, and capacity
- Times and rates of change
- Area, perimeter, and volume
- Planning and collecting data
- Processing and presenting data
- Interpreting and discussing results
Thinking and working mathematically
- Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems
- Using understanding and strategies in solving problems
- Supports higher order thinking that supports students in viewing the world in a mathematical way.
- It spreads across all the other four strands
The first four content areas also have a focus on mental strategies and thinking and working mathematically.
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 test, which provides an international benchmark for student achievement and areas for improvement.