The revised XO Mathematics curriculum for January – March 2010 is ready. Week 1 starts on the 11th of January 2010 and the program will run continuously until the end of Week 12, on the 2nd of April 2010. The aim of this curriculum is to improve performance of Mathematics, and these are the areas we aim to improve by the end of the three month period. The XOs will simply be used to facilitate and make sure we teach these topics in a fun way and therefore stimulate the understanding faculties of these children.
Note that each row represents a week
|Class 4||Class 5||Class 6||Class 7||Class 8|
|Introduction to XO||Introduction to XO||Introduction to XO||Introduction to XO||Introduction to XO|
|Operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)||Operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)||Introduction to algebra. Addition and subtraction of one or more unknowns||Algebra 2: multiplication and division of one or more unknowns||Algebra 3: calculation of values of unknowns, substitution of unknowns into equations.|
|Introduction to Length (identifying kilometres, metres, cm, mm)||Length: measurement of lengths and distances||Length and Speed: measuring time and distance, using them to calculate speed||Introduction to and application of Kinematics||Outdoor activity: measurement of distances within the school compound.|
|CAT 1||CAT 1||CAT 1||CAT 1||CAT 1|
|Reading Time using both the analogue and digital clock and relating between the two||Understanding the concept behind converting time from 12 hour to 24 hour formats||Relating time in hours and minutes to the clock, e.g. scheduled journeys of travellers and vehicles||Practical use of time: measurement of performance on the athletics field and track.||Practical use of time: measurement of efficiency and team speed|
|Introduction to Angles (identifying angles, naming them)||Angles: calculating angles between lines||Bisection of angles using common mathematical instruments||The triangle: properties, explanation of the Pythagoras theorem||Practical use of angles: marking the sports field and in construction|
|Introduction to Mass: identification of common metric units of mass||Conversion of metric units to||Relation of mass to density and volume.||Practical work: measurement of density of solid materials||Practical work: measurement of density of liquids|
|CAT 2||CAT 2||CAT 2||CAT 2||CAT 2|
|Introduction to Money and Currency: shilling and cents, adding and subtracting||Introduction to Foreign Exchange (FOREX)||Profits and Loss; calculation of, and application to business situations||Calculation of Discounts and Commission and their applications||Calculation of Simple and Compound Interest, Hire Purchase|
|Introduction to Area: calculation of area of a rectangle and square||Area of a triangle and a circle, introduction of π||Area of a rhombus, trapezium and parallelogram||Calculation of surface areas of three dimensional shapes: cubes, cuboids and cylinders||Practical use of area to calculate areas of land and other spaces, conversion of measurements to Ha; Area of irregular shapes|
|Introduction to volume||Calculating volume of cylinders (tanks)||Calculation of volume of cuboids and cubes||Outdoor activities; calculation of volumes of objects in and around the schools||Outdoor activities; calculation of volumes of objects in and around the schools|
|Term CAT||Term CAT||Term CAT||Term CAT||Term CAT|
Notes: 1. CATs are Continuous Assessment Tests that we will give the children after every three weeks to assess the progress we have made. 2. Term CATs will be given by the schools at the end of the twelve weeks.
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We appreciate all the support we continue to receive from the OLPC team and Sandra Thaxter and hope to make 2010 much better and more productive than 2009. God bless you all.
Mark Bill Koech