The Middle School Mathematics program continues the study of the content strands: number sense and operations, measurements, geometry, statistics/ probability and algebra/functions /patterns.
A variety of teaching strategies are used such as mental arithmetic, word problems, hands-on puzzles, games, projects, electronic binders and variety of computer software to reinforce and consolidate basic skills and to prepare students effectively for the successful continuation of their math program in the Tutorial House.
The Middle One
Mathematics curriculum expects to take a problem- solving approach, using real life situation, and is designed to develop mathematical literacy and reasoning. Reinforcement of the topics learned in Junior Four, such as arithmetic concepts in whole numbers and rational numbers, basic geometry measurement, estimation, constructing and interpreting tables, charts and graphs takes place. New concepts of simple algebraic expressions, and solving one-step equations are introduced.
The Middle Two
Mathematics program various mathematical topics are explored in a spiral approach as the year progresses. Students continue to build proficiency in the areas of computation, fractions, decimals, measurements, data analysis, proportions and percents. Concepts of geometry are extended to include parallel lines and properties of polygons. Problem solving approach is emphasized in all areas.
The Middle Three
mathematics program includes problem solving using algebraic equations. Ratio, proportion and percents are treated in more depth, with problem solving involving percentage increase and decrease. Graphing lines in a coordinate plane and the idea of slope are introduced. Concepts of geometry are extended to include three-dimensional figures. The concepts of linear transformations such as translation, rotation, reflection and dilation are further developed. Ability grouping begins at this grade.
The Middle Four
mathematics program involves understanding and solving linear equations, inequalities and systems of equations in two variables, both graphically and algebraically. Quadratic equations are solved by using the factor method, and it is extended to the use of the quadratic formula and graphing methods for advanced students. Students work extensively with polynomial expressions, and their algebraic skills are reinforced by solving geometric problems. The number system is extended to include irrational numbers. Students’ geometric skills and concepts are further developed through the study of three-dimensional geometry and geometric constructions. Concepts and skills are reinforced through mathematical investigations and the use of technology.