The K-5 Wellesley Mathematics Curriculum reflects and supports the vision of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Massachusetts State Curriculum Framework for Mathematics (2017). Additionally, the elementary mathematics program is based on the district’s K-12 philosophy that mathematical learning:

  • is built on conceptual understanding and reasoning, not just rote memorization
  • requires active and ongoing participation by the learner in building understanding and making connections
  • requires communication, collaboration, and reflection.

The goal of mathematics instruction throughout the elementary grades is to have students develop both deep and complex understanding of mathematical concepts and skills and procedures they can use to solve problems accurately. Mathematics instruction emphasizes sense-making, problem solving, reasoning, and understanding relationships. Throughout each grade, our math program develops students mathematical habits-of-mind and ways of thinking like a mathematician.