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The MYP mathematics programme at TISA is designed to inspire and motivate students to learn and appreciate the power of mathematics. We explore authentic mathematics in an effort to   show how useful and relevant mathematics is to student’s lives. Students in the MYP are encouraged to explore and model situations, find solutions to various problems and to apply their maths learning in all of their course work across the entire school curriculum.                                                                                                            

                                                                             MYP Mathematics Subject Brief

The aims of MYP mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:

  • enjoy mathematics, develop curiosity and begin to appreciate its elegance and power
  • develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  • develop logical, critical and creative thinking
  • develop confidence, perseverance, and independence in mathematical thinking and problem-solving
  • develop powers of generalization and abstraction
  • apply and transfer skills to a wide range of real-life situations   
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical implications arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics
  • appreciate the international dimension in Mathematics through an awareness of its universality and other perspectives
  • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other areas of knowledge
  • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others.

MYP mathematics provides a framework of concepts and skills organized into the following four branches of mathematics:


The ability to work with numbers is an essential skill in mathematics. Students are expected to have an understanding of number concepts and to develop the skills of calculation and estimation. Students should understand that the use of numbers to express patterns and to describe real-life situations goes back to humankind’s earliest beginnings, and that mathematics has multicultural roots.

Levels of challenge:

Topics and units of mathematics in TISA are organized so that students can work at two levels of challenge (M2- M5) : standard mathematics and extended mathematics.

Standard Mathematics

Standard Mathematics aims to give all students a sound knowledge of basic mathematical principles while allowing them to develop the skills needed to  meet the objectives of MYP mathematics; 


In MYP mathematics, the four main objectives support the IB Learner Profile, promoting the development of students who are knowledgeable, inquirers, communicators and reflective learners.

Knowing and understanding

Knowledge and understanding are fundamental to studying mathematics and form the base from which to explore concepts and develop skills. This objective assesses the extent to which students can select and apply mathematics to solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations in a variety of contexts.

In order to reach the aims of mathematics, students should be able to:

 i. select appropriate mathematics when solving problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situation
     ii. apply the selected mathematics successfully when solving problems
     iii. solve problems correctly in a variety of contexts.

Course overview:


  • Number Sense and Systems
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Introduction of Algebra and Patterns
  • Data Management
  • Probability
  • Geometry (Perimeter and Area)

Key concepts

in MYP  promote the development of a broad curriculum. They represent big ideas that are relevant both within and across disciplines and subjects. These key concepts provide a framework for mathematics, informing units of work and helping to organize teaching and learning.


Concept is form. Form is the shape and underlying structure of an entity or piece of work, including its organization, essential nature and external appearance. Form in MYP mathematics refers to the understanding that the underlying structure and shape of an entity is distinguished by its properties. Form provides opportunities for students to  appreciate the aesthetic nature of the constructs used in a discipline.


Each semester students are graded on the four assessment criteria outlined above. At the end of the course, criteria grades are combined to produce an overall MYP mathematics attainment level.

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. Our students are taking this test twice a year.

ATL skills 

All MYP units of work offer opportunities for students to develop and practise approaches to learning (ATL)!skills. ATL skills provide valuable support for students working to meet the subject group’s aims and objectives. Each mathematics unit explicitly identifies ATL skills around which teaching and learning can focus and through which students can authentically demonstrate what they are able to do. 

This table suggests some of the indicators that can be important in mathematics.

Category        Skill indicator
Thinking skills        Use prioritization and order of precedence in problem-solving
Social skills        Help others to create success for themselves in group work
Communication skills        Organize and interpret data using analogue and digital tools
Self-management skills        Practice focus and concentration while solving problems
Research skills        Use a variety of technologies and media to source information


MYP Mathematics guide 2014, IBO

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