In today's increasingly technology-based society, knowledge and understanding of mathematics are becoming ever more important in many aspects of everyday life. The goal of the Primary School Mathematics Curriculum is to structure mathematics education so that our students experience the enjoyment and fascination of mathematics and see the value and importance of it as they gain confidence and skills.
Mathematics is embedded into the Primary Years Programme (PYP) Units of Inquiry, as well as taught in a subject-specific context. Where appropriate, mathematics is integrated into the transdisciplinary units of inquiry. This is particularly true of the data handling, measurement, shape and space, and pattern and function strands. Emphasis is placed on the explicit teaching of numeracy in relation to both number knowledge and strategy. A number framework is used to track student progress in numeracy and inform teaching practice. The framework enables teachers to know their students accurately, and to develop numeracy through detailed assessment and explicit identification of key developmental milestones. It stresses differentiated learning and the development of both knowledge and strategy across addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and ratio and proportion domains. Students are encouraged to engage in mathematical discourse through the sharing of their solutions, proving the validity of their answers, and engaging in discussions with teachers and peers, which allow them to construct new learning.
Typically, students work in small groups during math sessions on experiences, which are targeted at their stage of knowledge or strategy development.
We believe that a mathematical concept or skill has been fully mastered when a student;
● can represent it in multiple ways
● has the mathematical language to reason and communicate related ideas
● can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations