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Sha Tin College Mathematics Department

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                              Sha Tin College
                          Mathematics Department
                                                                                   November 2012

All students study Mathematics in every year at Sha Tin College, regardless of ability, and this poses
unique challenges in terms of providing a suitable curriculum for every learner. Mathematics is a very
popular subject at the school. Many students volunteer to take part in regular Mathematics
competitions throughout the year. These include weekly challenges arranged in school, inter-school
competitions held in Hong Kong, and external international competitions from the UK and Australia.

Each year the school sends a team to the regional South East Asia Mathematics Competition
(SEAMC). The faculty hosts an annual “Maths Week” event in March each year, which coincides with
the World Maths Days challenge, for which every student is enrolled.

Years 7-9

Students are taught in mixed ability classes of about 23 in Year 7. They are then placed into 3 ability
bands in Year 8, which extends to 4 bands in Year 9. Setting is based mainly on individual attainment
on frequent tests throughout the year, and there is no final examination in these years.

Our schemes of work are based mainly on the Haese & Harris series of textbooks – “Mathematics for
the international student” 7,8 and 9. Students in Years 8 and 9 bring their own laptops to school, and it
is intended that this will extend to all years in the near future.

Years 10-11

Setting is more rigorous after Year 9, with students placed into one of eight sets. All students are
entered for IGCSE International Mathematics (CIE 0607) at the end of Year 11 (no coursework). In
the past we have entered some of our most able students early, and it is intended to re-introduce this
in the future. Students are entered for internal examinations at the end of Year 10 as well as mock
examinations in Year 11, in addition to regular testing throughout the course. Over 80% of students
follow the Extended course, and over 50% of all students achieve a grade A or A* at IGCSE.

However, our school is not selective, and the faculty aims to provide the best possible learning
experience for less able students also. These students are entered for the Core examination which is
better suited to their needs, and leads to a maximum grade of C.

Our schemes of work are based mainly on the Haese & Harris series of textbooks – “Cambridge
IGCSE International Mathematics”. Students in Years 10 and 11 are not currently required to bring
their own laptops to school, but this is becoming increasingly common as an option. It is anticipated
that students in all years will adopt the 1-to-1 laptop model in the near future.

Years 12-13

Most students follow the IB diploma beyond IGCSE, with a small number opting for a vocational BTEC
based alternative. All IB students are required to study Mathematics in Years 12 and 13. Many
students and parents are very aspirational and prefer to follow the most challenging option available.
Typically around 20% of students follow the Higher Level (HL) course, 60% the Standard Level (SL)
course, and the remaining 20% elect for the least demanding Studies SL alternative.

All students in Years 12 and 13 are expected to bring a laptop to school each day. Unlike the younger
years, there is no prescribed laptop and students bring a range of models to lessons.

All IB subjects have a coursework component, and there is a new “Exploration” model for this in
Mathematics HL and SL. Studies SL students continue to complete a “project” for their coursework.
                              Sha Tin College
                          Mathematics Department

Technology and resources

All teachers are provided with a laptop by the school. Students in Years 8, 9, 12 and 13 bring their
own laptop to lessons each day, and this is likely to extend to all years in the future.

The faculty has a dedicated ICT room with 16 desktop computers supplemented by 8 laptops which
can be used by classes when required.

The faculty makes extensive use of subscription based websites for Mathematics, and currently pay
an annual subscription for myimaths.com, mangahigh.com and supermathsworld.com. This is in
addition to the many free online resources for teaching Mathematics. There is a network server for
Mathematics, where teachers contribute and share electronic resources and assessment materials.
All teachers are expected to assist in the writing of assignments, tests and examinations each year.

All classrooms have a data projector and four Mathematics classrooms also have an interactive
whiteboard. Most teachers in the faculty have their own classroom, with seven consecutive
classrooms in the same corridor as the faculty office. Most Mathematics teachers spend their non-
contact time in this office, where each teacher has their own desk. Most of the day-to-day planning,
informal communication and sharing of ideas takes place in this office.

Students in Years 7-9 use a simple scientific calculator which they purchase from school. The model
currently used is the Texas Instruments TI-30XB Multiview.

At the start of Year 10, students are required to purchase a graphical calculator. This tool is an
essential requirement for Mathematics at both IGCSE and IB level. The faculty uses the Ti-Nspire
series of calculators, and the current Year 10 cohort are learning to use the colour CX version.
Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) technology is not permitted in examinations, and therefore
students do not use calculators with this feature.




The Mathematics faculty is a very cohesive and supportive team who embrace a wide range of
teaching and learning styles. All teachers in the faculty are expected to teach post-16 IB classes, and
regional training is provided in the form of IB workshops as required.

For further information, please contact the current Head of Faculty, Nigel Wilson at:

nrw@shatincollege.edu.hk

								
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