Mathematics & Numeracy

Mathematics & Numeracy

The development of mathematical knowledge is a gradual process. A coherent and continuous program is necessary to help students see the “big pictures”, or underlying principles, of mathematics. The fundamentals of important skills, concepts, processes, and attitudes are initiated in the primary grades and fostered throughout elementary school. The links between Grade 8 and Grade 9 and the transition from elementary school mathematics to secondary school mathematics are very important in developing the student’s confidence and competence.

The secondary courses are based on principles that are consistent with those that underpin the elementary program, facilitating the transition from elementary school. These courses reflect the belief that students learn mathematics effectively when they are given opportunities to investigate new ideas and concepts, make connections between new learning and prior knowledge, and develop an understanding of the abstract mathematics involved. Skill acquisition is an important part of the learning; skills are embedded in the contexts offered by various topics in the mathematics program and should be introduced as they are needed. The mathematics courses in this curriculum recognize the importance of not only focusing on content, but also of developing the thinking processes that underlie mathematics. By studying mathematics, students learn how to reason logically, think critically, and solve problems – key skills for success in today’s workplaces.

Ontario Curriculum, 2007

Dates of Interest:

Canadian Intermediate/Senior Mathematics Competiton: November 16, 2022

Pascal, Cayley, Fermat Math Contests: February 22, 2023

Euclid Math Contest: April 4, 2023

Fryer, Galois, Hypatia Math Contests: April 5, 2023