Internet access has so changed the information landscape, and technological developments have so revolutionized the means available to either create or solve problems, that mathematical literacy is today as important as the ability to read text. All students must possess understanding of basic computation, statistics and geometry in order to make an informed response to the global environment of the twenty first century in which they live.
Mathematics contributes to the process of inquiry as a means of solving problems. It provides the opportunity for learners to be creative and inventive and in doing so, empowers them to construct their own mathematical knowledge to make sense of the physical, social, technological aspects of their environment.
The Mathematics Curriculum serves as a real life context for learners and teachers to engage in meaningful activities that are relevant to life, including their languages, cultures and everyday experiences beyond the walls of school. The Mathematics Curriculum from Grades 1-9 challenges and inspires learners to:
- Use mathematical concepts and processes to interpret the world
- Make connection between their previous mathematical knowledge to new situations
- Communicate mathematical ideas and processes that have helped them to understand their experiences and refine their problem solving skills
- Explore in a variety of ways, the application of mathematics to problems in their everyday life
- Reflect on their experiences and decisions and make adjustments to their prior conceptions or meanings of situations
- Develop attitudes such as perseverance, honesty and courage as they manipulate mathematical concepts and skills and engage in critical reflective thought
The study of Mathematics should enable students to:
- Acquire the necessary mathematical skills and learn concepts that will be used in real life situations and related disciplines.
- Develop the necessary processes for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills.
- Recognise and integrate mathematical ideas with other disciplines.
- Develop positive attitudes toward mathematics.
- Make effective use of a variety of mathematical tools (including information and communication technology) in the learning and application of mathematical concepts and skills.
- Produce imaginative and creative products arising from mathematical concepts and skills.
- Develop the abilities to reason logically, communicate mathematically, learn independently and cooperatively.
The role of Mathematics in the curriculum
Students need to develop the necessary mathematical competence to function in society. This includes the ability to count, measure, handle money and do straightforward calculations with confidence. Students will also be able to conceptualize spatial properties, gather and graphically represent data in different ways, manipulate mathematical ideas or apply mathematical knowledge to new situations and to communicate these effectively. Competence within Mathematics contributes to learning in all other subjects.
Contribution to the competencies
Mathematics contributes to all three of the Framework competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Attitude. The subject is an ideal context for the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and for making judgments. It should provide opportunity to work independently and in teams.
Range of activities
Students should be involved in a range of practical activities through which they can explore mathematical properties and relationships. They plan their own investigations and explore different ways of solving problems. By learning mathematics in a practical way, they should be able to relate its operations and principles to real life situations. Wherever possible, students should explore the mathematical uses of a range of ICT equipment.
Standards – There are five Strands with distinct Standards