The EDRON Academy

About the Mathematics Department

Introduction

calc1The Mathematics department is made up of five experienced, full time teachers. Mrs. Villasana (Head of Mathematics), Ms. Kumar, Ms. Hudson, Ms. Padda and Mr. Togni.
The department is passionate about mathematics teaching and learning and we strive to ensure all our lessons provide opportunities for each student to achieve their potential and develop their own enthusiasm for mathematics. One of our aims is for students to become confident and develop their mathematical independence to solve problems and think logically.
All students are required to bring a pen, pencil, ruler, planner, note book, calculator (as specified) and glue stick to every lesson. Students should have access to a compass, protractor and a pair of scissors which can be brought to their lessons when indicated by the teacher.
All students have access to the myimaths website. This site covers all of the topics and levels throughout each year. It may be used as directed by the teacher as class work or homework, it can be used by students independently to review topics they struggle with or to prepare for tests. If students are absent from school for an extended period the website can be used during their absence to help them keep up with the rest of the class.

Year 7

Students in year 7 are taught in their class groups.
SEP grades are calculated based on 40% test or project, 30% classwork and 30% homework.
Calculators are not a requirement for this class.

Year 8

Students in year 8 are taught in set groups according to ability and performance. These decisions are made at the end of the previous year by their Mathematics teacher and are based on their performance throughout the year and in the End of Year Exam. Students are monitored throughout the year and if the teacher feels a student would benefit from changing groups then these changes are made at the first appropriate opportunity.
SEP grades are calculated based on 40% test or project, 30% classwork and 30% homework.
A good scientific calculator is required for this class.

Year 9

Students in year 9 are taught in set groups according to ability and performance. These decisions are made at the end of the previous year by their Mathematics teacher and are based on their performance throughout the year and in the End of Year Exam. Students are monitored throughout the year and if the teacher feels a student would benefit from changing groups then these changes are made at the first appropriate opportunity.
SEP grades are calculated based on 50% test or project, 25% classwork and 25% homework.
A good scientific calculator is required for this class.

Year 10 IGCSE

Students in year 10 are taught in set groups according to ability and performance. These decisions are made at the end of the previous year by their Mathematics teacher and are based on their performance throughout the year and in the End of Year Exam. Students are monitored throughout the year and if the teacher feels a student would benefit from changing groups then these changes are made at the first appropriate opportunity.
SEP grades are calculated based on 60% test or project, 20% classwork and 20% homework.
A good scientific calculator is required for this class.
IGCSE Mathematics is a two year course and there are two levels of IGCSE Mathematics – Extended and Core. In the Extended syllabus there is a wider range of topics being covered and a deeper understanding of these topics is required than in the Core syllabus. To reflect these differences the grading is from A* to E in the Extended syllabus and C to G in the Core syllabus. Currently the Mathematics department runs one Extended one year course class, two Extended classes, one Intermediate class and one Core class. The Intermediate class is designed for those students who may struggle taking the Extended exam, but would benefit from following the Extended syllabus and the decision about whether the student takes the Extended or Core exam is delayed until the end of year 10 or during year 11.

Year 11 IGCSE

Students continue with the IGCSE Mathematics exam.
Those students who took the one year course in year 10 are expected to take the Additional Mathematics IGCSE this year and it is an excellent preparation for Mathematics Higher Level IB.
A good scientific calculator is required for this class.

Year 12 and 13 IB

There are two different Mathematics courses offered for IB at the Edron – Mathematics and Mathematical Studies.
Mathematics can be taken at Higher Level, HL, or at Standard Level, SL, and Mathematical Studies can only be taken at Standard Level. Students can choose the course or level they wish to take. This decision should be based on their ability in the subject, the requirements from universities for future studies and their enjoyment of this subject. It is recommended that HL is taken by students who took the Additional Mathematics IGCSE, SL is taken by students who took the Extended IGCSE and achieved at least a B and Studies is taken by students who took the Core IGCSE and achieved a C.
All classes require a graphic display calculator. Teachers at the school are familiar with Texas and Casio calculators, but be aware that TI 89 is not allowed by the IB for their exams and TI Nspire has not been found to be particularly user friendly.
Any queries, please contact the Head of Department:
lorna.villasana@edron.edu.mx