COURSE:       Mathematics 6  
TEACHER:         Jennifer Henrichsen
CONTACT:        jhenrichsen@go.islandpacific.org

Course Description

There are three central goals within our middle school math program. These goals are complementary and dependent on each other. Although attention to these goals is interwoven throughout most programs, there seems to be a logical progression that leads from one to the other. A student must first and foremost be proficient in the skills of the different areas of the math program. It is only through practice, familiarity and success that a student then develops the attitude to confidently and willingly attempt mathematical problems. When both the skills and attitude have developed, the student is prepared to open the door and appreciate the role math can play to better understand the world.

There is an established set of skills that students need to be proficient in at each level in a math program. These skills can be grouped as Number Concepts, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability.  A historical perspective is discussed at relative points to put the learning in context. It is my hope that these students will develop a strong skill set that will let them confidently approach the questions and investigations that the world of math has to offer.

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

Year Overview  - these topics will be covered throughout the year

Number Concepts
                addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
                decimal operations

percents 1-100%, percent of a number
        decimal, fraction, and percent relationships
        fractions - ordering, converting mixed to improper

order of operations

Patterns and Relations

tables of values to solve problems

graphs of linear relations

                           algebraic expressions and equations
                one step linear equations

Shape and Space

understanding angles- identify and measure

sums of interior angles

perimeter and area

construct and compare triangles

transformations on the Cartesian Plane

Statistics and Probability
                collecting data appropriately        

data analysis- central tendency, outliers and range

create and interpret line graphs, bar graphs and circle graphs

ratios, fractions and percents to express probabilities


At Island Pacific School we encourage students to make good use of their Homeroom Study blocks and time allotted in class to complete various assignments. In this particular course, I encourage students to practice their math skills as often as possible. Extra work will be given based on individual needs, and the unit of study. They will need more time to complete projects and review for tests.

Resources & Materials

In this course we will use a combination of resources. We will use the text Math Makes Sense, elements of the JUMP Math program and on-line resources (www.IXL.com). Regular course work will be augmented by project based units of inquiry, problem solving from University of Waterloo Math Competitions, and web resources.  

Students should keep their workbooks and other materials in a 3 hole binder. They will need pencils, pens, lined paper, erasers for this course. They should also have a math set with protractor, ruler and compass and a scientific calculator.


Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to six distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:

Criterion A:  Knowledge and Understanding

Criterion B: Investigating Patterns

Criterion C: Communication in Mathematics

Criterion D: Mathematics in Real Life Context

For a complete list of the Mathematics criteria and their relevant level descriptors for Year 1 and 2, you can download a PDF at the following URLs:

 Year 1 and 2: http://goo.gl/4aMl35

For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/mathematics/6