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Mathematics

The ISF Academy Mathematics curriculum is taught in Chinese and English, and is designed with reference to the curriculum documents of Hong Kong Beijing, Australia, and the United States. It embodies the essence of both East Asian and western mathematics education, and aims to foster in our students an appreciation of mathematics and a positive attitude towards exploration of mathematics. Through the study of this subject, students not only acquire mathematical concepts and computational skills, but they also apply mathematics to solve problems in everyday life as well as develop thinking, creativity and communication skills. Mathematics is an academic language that does not come naturally to students; at The Academy, it is expected that students will become competent users of the language of mathematics and use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of equations to be memorized.

At the Lower Primary levels, while practice is valued, conceptual understanding and fluency in skills cannot be overemphasized. Besides rote learning and memorization of basic skills and concepts, different types of learning activities and teaching approaches are used to make learning engaging; this is supported by the appropriate use of a variety of resource materials, manipulatives, equipment and technology. Play and exploration also have a vital role in the learning and application of mathematical knowledge for young children; and these are driven by a spirit of inquiry. The curriculum content is holistic with overarching concepts and ideas including numbers, patterns, relationships and geometry to develop reasoning skills and spatial sense. Students become familiar with the language of mathematics in order to comprehend and communicate their ideas and finding through concrete learning experiences.

At the Upper Primary levels, The Academy's curriculum develops the fundamentals of knowledge and skills as well as students' competencies in analytical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and other intellectual capacities to meet the needs of mathematics, sciences and related subjects in IB MYP and DP. The curriculum content is holistic with overarching concepts and ideas including theory, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. Teaching methodologies and practices are broad and inclusive to stimulate learning and cater towards students' individual needs.

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