1. Physical Address:
    2. Dean Street
    3. Newlands
    4. Cape Town
    5. 7700
    6. Postal Address:
    7. SACS Junior School
    8. Private Bag X3
    9. Newlands
    10. 7725
    11. Email Address:
    12. Click here to email
    13. Secretary:
    14. 021 689 4001
    15. 021 685 7028 (fax)
    16. Bursar:
    17. 021 686 6027
    18. JE De Villiers House:
    19. 021 689 8779
    20. SACS Pre-Primary:
    21. 021 685 3865

Mathematics

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging part of the curriculum. It is a discipline that teaches logical, structured thinking and yet at the same time it encourages creativity and lateral thinking. We are fortunate that our classes are small which facilitates individual help.

General aims

  • We aim to provide our learners with a positive learning experience and thus boost confidence and self esteem. Activities are chosen that are appropriate to the level of attainment for the class and the individuals in that class.
  • We aim to enhance the learners’ mental arithmetic skills by providing the necessary skills.
  • We aim to provide the skills for problem solving and logical thought processes.
  • We aim to balance the creative and fun elements of mathematics with the necessary repetition and drill to ensure that adequate learning and consolidation is taking place.

Specific Skills:

To develop essential mathematical skills our learners should:

  • develop the correct use of the language of Mathematics;
  • develop number vocabulary, number concept and calculation and application skills;
  • learn to listen, communicate, think, reason logically and apply the mathematical knowledge gained;
  • learn to investigate, analyse, represent and interpret information;
  • learn to pose and solve problems;
  • build an awareness of the important role that Mathematics plays in real life situations including the personal development of the learner.

In order to fulfill all these general and specific aims, maths lessons include class teaching, individual help where necessary, group work, practical work, oral and written problem solving activities.

Learners’ progress is carefully monitored through regular testing. Testing in mathematics is vital as a diagnostic and evaluation tool.

Homework and the role of the parent

Maths homework is given to consolidate work dealt with in class and also to extend abilities through discovery and investigation. This should be seen as a positive activity. Parents can play a vital role by being at hand to help and encourage where necessary. Problem solving should not become a source of anxiety but rather be seen as a challenge. There is no one correct “method” for problem solving. Encourage your child to try different approaches and ways of thinking.

  • Try to find and point out the maths in everyday situations. In the supermarket or restaurant, children can estimate the total cost. They can compare prices.
  • Try to remove the fear of making mistakes. There is much to learn from mistakes. It is better to attempt to solve a problem and fail than not to attempt at all.
  • It is important for parents to look at workbooks regularly and encourage neat and orderly work.
  • The teacher, parent and leaner together form a triangle, the most rigid and strongest of mathematical shapes.