In math this year we will be focusing on five strands: number sense and numeration, measurement, geometry and spacial sense, patterning and algebra, and data management and probability.
We will be teaching most of our math programme using “bansho”. This is a method of teaching developed in Japan that focuses on teaching math through problem solving. It allows students to see connections and progression of the thinking involved when developing strategies to solve a problem.
The students’ work will be assessed according to the categories of knowledge and skills that are described as follows:
Knowledge and Understanding. Subject-specific content acquired in each grade (knowledge), and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding).
Thinking. The use of critical and creative thinking skills and/or processes,3 as follows:
– planning skills (e.g., understanding the problem, making a plan for solving the problem)
– processing skills (e.g., carrying out a plan, looking back at the solution)
– critical/creative thinking processes (e.g., inquiry, problem solving)
Communication. The conveying of meaning through various oral, written, and visual forms (e.g., providing explanations of reasoning or justification of results orally or in writing; communicating mathematical ideas and solutions in writing, using numbers and algebraic symbols, and visually, using pictures, diagrams, charts, tables, graphs, and concrete materials).
Application. The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and between various contexts.
Student work is assessed and/or evaluated in a balanced manner with respect to the four categories, and that achievement of particular expectations is considered within the appropriate categories.