The central goal of our Lower School mathematics program is to help students develop number sense — understanding what numbers mean, how they relate to one another, and how they can be represented in many ways. Students learn basic number facts through varied and systematic practice sessions at school and at home.
Mathematics learning for our youngest boys is active, rich in new mathematical language, and filled with thought-provoking challenges. At this level, students begin to develop an understanding of place value, addition, and subtraction.
As the boys progress, they learn about classes of numbers and their characteristics, and they master basic computation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. As they continue to develop problem-solving strategies and work on their math communication skills, the boys learn to seek connections between mathematical concepts.
Students use calculators and computers at appropriate times as computational tools; calculators are not used when the instructional focus is on developing and practicing conventional computational techniques.