At AJHS we try to facilitate a smooth transition from primary to our junior high, 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 maths 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 and classes are mixed level. Diagnostic testing is carried out early in the year to establish the level that a student is working at. With goal setting being a focus in Year 7 and 8, teachers and students work effectively to reach the curriculum levels your child should be working at. In Year 9 and 10 we prepare the students for the transition to High School.
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 Education Perfect which allows them to engage in fun activities while learning.
At AJHS parent involvement is important and the experienced teachers in the Maths Department are easily accessible by email to discuss students’ progress and learning needs.