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Sâm Minh Khuê giành huy chương Bạc tại cuộc thi AMO 2018

Logical creativity sparks the love for Maths

Practice makes perfect, and that goes to your brain too. Good language expression makes the process of reasoning and presenting an idea more coherent and precise. In the meantime, the creativity that is cultivated through art appreciation would assist the children in visualizing the problem and logical reasoning in Mathematics.  

Ahmad’s watch was running late. If the time was 04:40, his watch would display 04:25. Ahmad needs to arrive at the train station at 8:30 yet when he comes, the watch showed 08:40. How late was Ahmad?

This is one among many exciting questions for Year 5 entrants at the prestigious American Mathematics Olympiad (AMO) competition. And our girl, Sam Minh Khue, a Year 5 student at BVIS HCMC didn’t take much time before she worked out the correct answer - 25 minutes.  

Always fascinated by numbers and shapes, the passion for Maths had led Minh Khue to partake and achieve marvelous results on the international stage, including a Silver medal at AMO 2019 and a Bronze medal in the following year. Founded by Professor George Lenchner in 1977, AMO has gained its prestigious global reputation and become familiar with young mathematicians worldwide. 

Khue in a White Rose Math lesson

 

In her humble words, Khue said the key to her phenomenal success is by bringing mathematics off the page and into the real world with families and friends.  

I don’t think I have any secret formula. Many think Maths is a difficult subject because you have to deal with numbers, but I find Maths in every corner of my life. I use mathematics to solve many real-life situations, for instance, while I’m playing puzzles with my friends at school or helping out my parents at home Sam Minh Khue

Alongside this fascinating perspective on numbers, Minh Khue expresses her deep passion for Maths in the White Rose Maths lessons at school, a world-class program that is offered widely in schools across UK and worldwide. Building a new mantra to Maths learning and teaching and a vast bank of latest resources, teachers at BVIS are helping Khue to develop deep understanding, confidence and competence with new concepts in Maths in an engaging way. Our teachers made Maths more exciting for the children by transferring the knowledge into games, group projects and real-life applications, whilst developing these skills across 2 languages. 

A tight relationship between school and family plays a crucial role in developing and nurturing the logical creativity for the children. And Ms. Minh Pham, Khue’s mother has worked closely alongside our teachers to create opportunities for her daughter to  achieve excellence within the subject. 

Not only thriving in Maths, Khue has achieved magnificent results in Art competitions nationally and internationally, including the Creative Brilliance award at the renowned Picasso Art contest. Khue challenged herself beyond her own comfort zone by taking on the creative writing or bilingual poem contests at school. A diverse experience of learning opportunities across different areas has enhanced Khue’s language expression and artistic skills. 

Khue and her winning artwork

 

Mathematics and art complement each other well, and Ms. Yen Tran, BVIS Primary Maths Coordinator has some wise words on this interesting topic. “Practice makes perfect, and that goes for your brain too. Good language expression makes the process of forming and reasoning and presenting an idea more coherent and precise. In the meantime, the creativity that is cultivated through art appreciation would assist the children in visualizing a problem and logical reasoning in Mathematics. 

“With our progressive teaching methods alongside premium, up-to-date resources, the students engage with Maths in the most efficient way”, said Ms. Yen. She added, “BVIS brings together a team of highly experienced, fully qualified and passionate teachers to guide each student on an individualized journey and develop a learning that is tailored to meet each student's strengths. Thanks to this advocacy for students, BVIS teachers turn Maths into a joyful and motivating subject for all of our students – including Khue. in their learning. At the end of the day, with the White Rose Maths scheme together with other creative learning activities, we’re shaping assured, happy and resilient young mathematicians like Minh Khue who relish the challenge of Maths."

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