The content of the mathematics program at BLIS is designed to develop students` critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry and cooperation skills in the broadest possible context. The content of the mathematics program creates opportunities to learn and analyze real life material/data in a mathematical context in real life settings through problems, investigations, discussions, projects and presentations. Students are also guided towards becoming life long learners by raising their intrinsic motivations and interests to discover more about mathematics. In addition to what is taught in classrooms, topics in mathematics are aimed to be linked to other areas.
Students should be able to
• develop an intellectually independent and creative way of thinking
• relate their mathematical understanding to other disciplines
• formulate arguments in a rational and logical way
• become lifelong learners
• understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively
• act with integrity and honesty
• be open to new perspectives
• show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.
• have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
• are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
In the IB Primary Years Programme, mathematics is viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. It is intended that students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to be memorized.
Middle School Mathematics courses provide a foundation for the IGCSE and Cambridge international Mathematics curriculums. Students are prepared to become life long learners throughout a variety of teaching methodologies. Middle School mathematics courses at BLIS:
• ensure students have the mathematical foundation to excel in IGCSE courses as well as Turkish Ministry of Education curriculum.
• developing an intellectually independent and creative way of thinking through investigations, group work, manipulatives, technology, presentations, games.
• relate their mathematical understanding to other disciplines through cross curriculum projects and research activities.
• encourage students to integrate technology so as to improve learning and understanding of mathematical concepts.
• addressing the determined aims of the department of mathematics stated as above.
Middle school students are enrolled in Mathletics, an interactive website to improve their understanding of mathematical concepts. Students who would like to be involved in more mathematics are encouraged to participate in “Math World Day” in March.
Teachers create opportunities for students who might need support in mathematics and those who excel in their work to further their studies through activities and individual support. Both middle school and high school students are encouraged to participate in international mathematics contests such as AMC, and Canadian Math Olympics.
Grade 9 & 10 Mathematics
Grade 9 and 10 students at BLIS take the Cambridge International Mathematics course (code 0607)
The Mathematics program in Grades 9 and 10 builds on what students learned in Middle School and also introduces them to new topics such as vectors, matrices, and problem-solving with and without the use of technology. Within this course students will be able to use a graphing calculator to sketch graphs, to produce tables and to analyze statistical data.
It is a two-year program that has as additional goals:
• to ensure students have the mathematical foundation to excel in IB courses in Grade 11 and 12
• to prepare students to achieve the best grades possible in IGCSE examinations in Grade 10.
At the end of grade 10 students take three externally-assessed exams;namely paper 2 (without calculators), paper 4 (with calculators) and paper 6 (modeling and investigations). Students receive a final grade from A* to E from the results of these three exams. Based on the results of the exam and successful completion of the program, students are placed into appropriate IB mathematics courses in Grade 11.
Grade 11 & 12 Mathematics
The Grade 11 and 12 mathematics course at BLIS has the dual focus of:
- ensuring students have the mathematical foundation to achieve the best grades possible in IB examinations at the end of Grade 12
- addressing the aims of the mathematics department as stated above.
Grade 11 and 12 students at BLIS are offered either IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level, IB mathematics Standard Level, or IB Mathematics Higher Level as appropriate.