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Mathematics

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The study of mathematics provides opportunities for students to learn to describe and apply patterns and relationships; reason, predict and solve problems; calculate accurately both mentally and in written form; estimate and measure; and interpret and communicate information presented in numerical, geometrical, graphical, statistical and algebraic forms.

Students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of mathematics and its applications in their everyday lives and become self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.

The ability to make informed decisions, and to interpret and apply mathematics in a variety of contexts, is an essential component of students’ preparation for life in the twenty-first century. To participate fully in society, students need to develop the capacity to critically evaluate ideas and arguments that involve mathematical concepts or that are presented in mathematical form.

Each Mathematics lesson will include:

  • Number Sense: working with understanding of number concepts, drill and practice, problem solving. Emphasis is to be on children reading and interpreting the question themselves.
  • Introduction: knowing and stating the purpose for the learning experiences (staff and students), explicitly teaching the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the outcome, covering the key content of the outcome.
  • Consolidation: mathematical questions and investigations, individual, partner and small groupings, learning experiences to allow for differentiation of learning; use of concrete materials, practical learning experiences
  • Reflection: sharing of the learning process / understandings / significance; restatement of the mathematical purpose.