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Mathematics

 

At AJHS we try to facilitate a smooth transition from primary to AJHS ensuring continuity within the Mathematics curriculum. During the students’ primary school years the focus is on learning number and operations, basic measurement, and basic understanding of data. As students move into the middle years at AJHS a greater emphasis is placed on the practice and reinforcement of basic math facts and operations while at the same time increasing the depth of understanding of skills in Algebra and Geometry.

At AJHS Maths is taught by specialist Maths teachers, classes are streamed and assessments are carried out early in the year. The assessments establish the level that a student is working at and students are placed in classes according to ability. This streaming of students allows teachers to better direct lessons to the specific ability level of the student. With goal setting being a focus in Year 7 & 8, teachers and students work effectively to reach the National Standards.

In Year 9 & 10 students sit exams that are set in line with NCEA type assessments. This prepares them for the transition to High school. At Year 10 students earn Numeracy Credits by completing a number of activities throughout the year.

The Maths Department offers students the opportunity to participate in National and International Maths competitions like ICAS Maths, Otago Problem Challenge and Australian Maths. Many students have produced excellent results in these competitions and more students choose to register for them each year. Students also register on websites like Mathletics which allows students to engage in fun activities while learning.

At AJHS parent involvement is important and the experienced teachers in the Maths Department are easily accessible to discuss students’ progress and learning needs.