King's Town School

Education

Mathematics

 

King's Town School primary, junior and intermediate students use the Saxon Mathematics series as their core text. This innovative, instructional approach breaks complex concepts into simpler increments, recognizing that smaller pieces of information are easier to teach and easier to learn. The instruction, practice, and assessment of those increments are systematically distributed across a grade level. Continual practice means that fundamental skills and concepts are reviewed throughout the year and become part of the students’ long term learning. The distributed approach ensures that students gain and retain critical thinking concepts and use them in real-world situations. This helps students develop a deeper understanding of concepts and how to apply them.   

Text book lessons are supplemented with additional resources. Students develop higher-order thinking skills while solving various challenge problems and Mensa™ puzzles. Speed and accuracy in arithmetic are developed in mental math quizzes and class games. Our students also participate in the following national math contests: MapleLeaf Canadian Online Math Challenge (grades 3 through 8),  Mathmatica Centrum contests (Thales - grade 3, Byron Germain - grade 4, Fibonacci - grade 5 , Pythagoras - grade 6, Euler - grade 7, Lagrange - grade 8), and CEMC University of Waterloo Gauss contest (grades 7 and 8).