Learn more about standard program’s Cambridge Math at Vinschool
Cambridge Mathematics has been taught in the Advanced Program at Vinschool for many years. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated through the outstanding performance of the students in both knowledge and skills. From the 2022-2023 academic year, this course will also be taught in Vietnamese to students in Grades 1-9 of the Standard Program (and Grade 10 from the 2023-2024 academic year).
This article will provide an overall view of the Standard Program’s incoming Cambridge Mathematics curriculum and suggest ways for Vinsers to tackle the subject effectively.
Overview of the Standard Program’s Cambridge Mathematics Curriculum
The aim of the subject of mathematics in Vinschool’s overall education framework is to provide students with basic mathematical knowledge and focus on developing logical thinking capacity, problem-solving ability in a scientific and creative manner. Through learning mathematics, students are trained in actively initiating logical thinking, making decisions, and the ability to see problems in a sharp and flexible manner.
The Cambridge Mathematics curriculum at Vinschool is an integrated program that complements the content of Cambridge International Mathematics with that of the Ministry of Education and Training’s framework. Therefore, the integrated Cambridge Mathematics program at Vinschool ensures 100% coverage of the content required by the Ministry of Education and Training. The curriculum consists of three main knowledge domains: Arithmetic, Algebra and elements of Calculus; Geometry and Measurement; Statistics and Probability. The content knowledge framework of the program is built for different ages, with consistency, coherence, and gradual increase in breadth as well as depth of content.
The overall emphasis throughout the curriculum is math thinking and logic. This process encourages students to discuss with others, challenge ideas and provide authentic evidence instead of speculation, in order to provide solutions to problems. When students think mathematically and logically, they actively explore ideas and relate them to different mathematical facts, processes, and concepts. This supports higher-order thinking, helping students see the world in a mathematical way.
Specifically, during the learning process, the students can:
- Participate in the creative thinking process to create effective solutions;
- Improve the expression of the knowledge of important mathematical concepts to understand numbers, patterns, shapes, measurements and data fluently;
- Develop a variety of mathematical skills, strategies, and ways of thinking that allow students to describe the world around them and to play an active role in modern society;
- Communicate solutions and ideas rationally in spoken and written language, using appropriate mathematical symbols, diagrams and representations
The Cambridge Mathematics curriculum will be taught in Vietnamese with bilingual materials developed, printed and published by Cambridge University Press.
How to Study Cambridge Mathematics Effectively
- Active Learning: Students should take the initiative to learn in and outside of the classroom, working individually, in pairs, in small groups, or with the whole class. They can refer to the materials as instructed by their teachers or online resources at the Cambridge website or via rich resources of lectures, assignments, and tests available on Vinschool’s online learning management system (LMS) so that they can learn anytime, anywhere. It’s best that they know how to set goals and take responsibility for their own progress.
- Confidence and Creativity: Students will be encouraged to choose their own preferred mathematical strategies and suggest alternative routes or learning methods to achieve their desired goals. Be enthusiastic, be confident, and don’t hesitate to present findings or critique and improve upon the solutions of others.
- Applying Mathematical Thinking and Logic: Students can share the different strategies used in the unit; discuss various methods that can be used; share ideas and make assumptions; or use questions such as: “If I knew this/this concept, what else would I know? “ to review the main content and link other areas of mathematical knowledge that have been learned.
- Continuously practicing, asking questions and synthesizing concepts and knowledge will help them remember the lesson longer. Parents can also be supportive by asking questions such as:
- How did you find the answer?
- Can you explain it in another way?
- What do you mean exactly?
- How do you know for sure? Why can’t the answer be …?
- Reassessing the Main Knowledge: Students will be able to use many methods to solve mathematical tasks but should not forget to reflect and re-evaluate which method is the most optimal or what mistakes may be made during the learning process.
Above is an overview of Cambridge Mathematics for Standard Program students. It is hoped that with these suggestions on various methods for learning mathematics, parents and students will have an effective learning pathway.
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