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Mathematics

At ISL, we believe that studying mathematics should be more than simply learning formulae or rules. Our MYP mathematics programme is tailored to the needs of students, seeking to intrigue and motivate them to want to learn its principles.

Students should see authentic examples of how mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives and be encouraged to apply it to new situations.

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Mission, Vision & Strategy in Mathematics

Our vision is shaped by the belief that:

  • Everyone can do well in maths.
  • People learn better when their experience is memorable.
  • Making mistakes, and learning from them, is an integral part of growing.

Our mission is to:

  • Teach mathematics in an academically rigorous yet enjoyable and fun way.
  • Nurture confident mathematicians who are not afraid of making mistakes.
  • Provide a personalised approach to teaching where the needs of every student are taken into account.

The strategy to achieve this is to:

  • Design and teach relevant, engaging and fun activities using a variety of tools.
  • Empower students.
  • Involve parents.

Computer Based Mathematics

At ISL, we recognise that we live in a digital world, and the ability to create and interact with digital content is a skill that will become increasingly strategic in the future. We acknowledge the fact that machines can perform calculations in a fast and reliable way, so our learning in mathematics starts with real-life problems, whilst retaining the rigour of a mathematical approach.  Skills such as algebraic manipulation become key and maths teaching focuses on: 

  • Defining the questions - examine the scope and details of the real-life problem 
  • Identifying the available and needed information to answer them  
  • Abstracting the question - transform it into a form (e.g. a code, diagram, algorithm) ready for computation. Letting the machine compute the answer. 
  • Interpreting the results, re-contextualising them in the scope of the original question, sceptically verifying them and describing the process. 

 

Coding in Mathematics

Coding is accessed through software such as Scratch and the use of programmable Arduino circuits and Raspberry Pi controllers. These tools offer students an intuitive and accessible route into the world of coding for use in an unlimited range of exciting applications. 

The goal is to nurture students in: 

  • Developing their problem-solving skills
  • Applying their knowledge to other subjects, e.g. English, I&S, Sciences using the vast collection of computable datasets available at the Wolfram Data Repository
  • Developing resilience and creativity through working at a project of their choice, which is formatively and summatively assessed 
  • Developing logical, computational thinking and backwards planning skills.

Our Curriculum

ISL is proud of providing a safe and engaging learning environment where students in Gr6-10 actively learn and challenge themselves.

The ISL Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a concept-based curriculum that promotes student inquiry, as well as helps students develop personal strengths, success skills and a sense of responsibility in their community.  

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