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December 22, 2023

Curriculum Aims and Goals

The aim of the mathematics program is to prepare individuals who value mathematics and appreciate its role in society. The K-12 mathematics curricula are designed to prepare students to cope confidently and competently with everyday situations that demand the use of mathematical concepts including interpreting quantitative information, estimating, performing calculations mentally, measuring, understanding spatial relationships, and problem solving. The mathematics program is intended to stimulate the spirit of inquiry within the context of mathematical thinking and reasoning.

The four K-12 goals for mathematics in Saskatchewan are broad statements that identify the characteristics of thinking and working mathematically. At every grade level, students’ learning should be building towards their attainment of these goals. Within each grade level, outcomes are directly related to the development of one or more of these goals.

Logical Thinking - Students will develop and be able to apply mathematical reasoning processes, skills, and strategies to new situations and problems. This goal encompasses the processes and strategies that are foundational to understanding mathematics as a discipline.

Number Sense - Students will develop an understanding of the meaning of, relationships between, properties of, roles of, and representations (including symbolic) of numbers and apply this understanding to new situations and problems.

Spatial Sense - Students will develop an understanding of 2-D shapes and 3-D objects, and the relationships between geometrical shapes and objects and numbers, and apply this understanding to new situations and problems.

Mathematical Attitude - Students will develop a positive attitude towards the ability to understand mathematics and to use it to solve problems.

Students should be encouraged to challenge the boundaries of their experiences, and to view mathematics as a set of tools and ways of thinking that every society develops to meet their particular needs. This means that mathematics is a dynamic discipline in which logical thinking, number sense, and spatial sense form the backbone of all developments and those developments are determined by the contexts and needs of the time, place, and people.

-Government of Saskatchewan

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