Mathematics

Feeling competent in math is empowering for all students. We strive to foster a positive attitude and confidence as well as higher achievement in math by engaging them through unique strategies that build from year to year, using methods that reach every student.

Concept–based, engaging, and enriched, our math curriculum combines the JUMP Program with IXL and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities which work together to empower our students as they approach ever more challenging math problems.

The JUMP Program uses guided practice to develop mathematical concepts through a methodology which is student-friendly, accessible and fun for students of various mathematical abilities. The program was designed for students to practice skills and strategies in steps that become incrementally more challenging. This approach, supported by student-centred discovery, immediate feedback and direct instruction, builds a sense of personal achievement and competence. It also provides opportunities for both enrichment and for strengthening fundamental skills. This approach allows students to gain deep conceptual understanding, to build mental math strategies and to develop a sense of confidence and independence as mathematicians.

We provide enrichment and reinforcement opportunities through IXL, our online practice component which contains skills from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12. This tool can also serve as a means to fill any “gaps” in a student’s understanding of math. It also provide enrichment opportunities for students to seek challenges within and beyond their grade-level. The learning of math in a continuum builds strong fundamentals as students move effortlessly from one level to the next and master new concepts.

Our program infuses a healthy balance of meaningful numeracy learning, problem solving and the integration of technology. Students solve authentic, real world problems and explore the role of mathematical thinking in their immediate and long range future. We have witnessed a dramatic increase in student confidence; they are empowered to think mathematically. Students come out knowing the power and purpose of math and how they can use it to better understand the world around them.

Primary Mathematics

In the Primary program, students are introduced to foundational math concepts and skills through the use of manipulatives, games and activities in addition to our JUMP and IXL programs. They learn problem solving and critical thinking skills through real-life experiences both inside and outside the classroom and apply them to their everyday world. At VIS, math is approached in a fun and practical way which allows students to develop a positive attitude that continues through to their Junior and Intermediate years.

Junior Mathematics

In the Junior program, students continue to build and strengthen foundational math concepts and skills through the use of manipulatives, games and activities in addition to our JUMP and IXL programs. There is a strong focus on mental math strategies, including a solid understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills through direct practice and applied activities. They learn problem solving and critical thinking skills through real-life experiences both inside and outside the classroom and apply them to their everyday world. The Junior program integrates fun and hands-on activities to foster confidence and independence as students move toward the Intermediate division.

Intermediate

The Intermediate program is academically rigorous and is designed to prepare students for their transition to high school. Grade 7 students engage with their grade-level curriculum expectations for the first part of the year and then are gradually introduced to concepts and skills that are intended for the grade level above. By the end of Grade 8, students are working at the Grade 9 level. They apply their knowledge and thinking skills to solve authentic world issues through projects. There are midyear and final year exams with a focus on developing study habits and preparation skills. Optional math help is provided throughout the year to support students to achieve their personal best. We find that students thrive in an environment where they are challenged regularly and are not confined to grade level expectations.