Mathematics

At BSJ student needs are very much at the centre of the learning process. Everyone is valued for his or her experiences and questions are welcomed as part of the learning experience. Students are encouraged to develop an independent learning attitude through investigational tasks and regular homework.

In Years 7 to 9, students follow the middle years programme (MYP) from the IB. We aim to develop student skills and confidence to reach their potential. We encourage our students to learn through investigation and practical work as well as developing mastery of mathematical skills. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, reflect using the feedback given and communicate using correct mathematical vocabulary.

Year 10 and 11 students (KS4) are placed in classes according to their level of mathematical proficiency. All students are valued and respected for their application and effort as much as their academic achievement. Our aim is to facilitate the highest level of achievement for each student according to their aptitude and ability as an individual within this core subject.

All students follow a curriculum which will prepare them for Edexcel IGCSE examinations. There will also be an opportunity for some students to take the CIE Additional Mathematics course as well.

In Years 12 and 13, students participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme. Mathematics is a compulsory subject and can be followed as ‘Applications and Interpretations’ or ‘Analysis and Approaches’ at Standard or Higher Level. The course followed will depend upon each student’s mathematical ability and the specific requirements of their preferred university or career choice.

Enrichment in Maths is particularly important at BSJ. It is ongoing in lessons and delivered through activities in a dedicated Maths Week. Activities include codebreaking, modelling polyhedra, constructing fractals and learning about the history of mathematics through theatre.

In addition, there is a Maths competition club, Alpha Beta Gamma, which runs after school and develops students’ problem solving skills. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of global Maths competitions including the UKMT Maths Challenges, American Maths Contest (AMC), the Canadian Intermediate and Senior Maths Contests and the South East Asian Maths Competition (SEAMC). Our students have been successful reaching the Olympiad rounds in all three UKMT Challenges and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. We have had a number of students who have also represented the school at the World Mathematics Championships which take place in Melbourne every year.


 


British School Jakarta is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**


*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org


**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.