Mathematics

Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It equips children with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, Science and Technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.

Curriculum

Mathematics is taught following the IB PYP Scope and Sequence objectives. 

Strands within the Mathematics Curriculum

NUMBER
Our number system is a language for describing quantities and relationships between quantities. The value attributed to a digit depends on its place within a base system. The operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are related to one another and are used to process information in order to solve problems.
 
DATA HANDLING
Data can be recorded, organised, displayed and understood in a variety of ways to highlight similarities, differences and trends. There are ways of finding out if some outcomes are more likely than others. Probability can be expressed quantitively by using terms such as ‘unlikely’, ‘certain’ or ‘impossible’. It can be expressed quantitively on a numerical scale. The availability of computers and calculators has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to process data and explore probability in more thoughtful, efficient and imaginative ways. The educational experiences of students must include the use of technology.
 
MEASUREMENT
To measure is to attach a number to a quantity using a chosen unit. However, since the attributes being measured are continuous, ways must be found to deal with quantities that fall between the numbers.
It is important to know how accurate a measure needs to be or can ever be.
 
SHAPE AND SPACE
The regions, paths and boundaries of natural space can be described by shape. Students need to understand the interrelationship of shapes, and the effects of changes to shape, in order to understand, appreciate, interpret and modify our two dimensional and three-dimensional world.
 
PATTERN AND FUNCTION
To identify pattern is to begin to understand how Mathematics applies to the world in which we live. The repetitive features of patterns can be identified and described as generalised rules called ‘function’. This builds a foundation for the later study of algebra.