Mathematics Policy

Maths

Mathematics Policy

Rationale

To ensure uniformity in the teaching and learning of Mathematics at the Plain View Combined School.

  1. At the beginning of he school year students at every grade level should be given a diagnostic test to ascertains what grade level they are operating at so that the best strategies can be employed to assist them.
  2. Mathematics should be done preferably in the morning when students are most alert and responsive.
  3. It is recommended that a note book be used for Maths.  This note book must be used only for Maths (because of the bulk of Maths work).
  4. Problem solving should be incorporated with computation and not done solely as a separate subject.
  5. Students should be given notes pertaining to concept taught as well as the steps to working them. (This is for reference purposes.)
  6. Students’ work should be presented in a neat and organized manner with problems and answers clearly stated for word problems.
  7. Students should be taught to use diagrams, lines, graphs and other graphic organizers to solve problems.  (This is very helpful for visual learners as well as to conceptualize abstract process.)
  8. Maths lessons should be designed to keep students actively involved by incorporating strategies such as games, critical thinking items. etc.
  9. Manipulative and concrete materials should be used as much as possible in the teaching of Mathematics.  This is a must in the lower grades.
  10. As much as possible ensure that problems used in class are related to students’ experiences and backgrounds.
  11. To develop creativity, students should be encouraged to explore other possible solutions to solving given problems.
  12. Maths drills should be done at least 3 days weekly from 1:00 p.m to 1:10 p.m with the focus on the 4 basic operations and number facts among other concepts.
  13. Every morning students should be given a problem which they will work on during the day.  The answer will be provided at the end of the day.
  14. Exams should be designed to test the process and not just the product.
  15. Every class should have on display, but not limited to a number chart, fraction chart, place value chard, a working clock.
  16. At the end of Grade 4 all students should know the times table.