At St. Mary's, we believe that it is essential to equip our students with mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to daily life. We believe that learning mathematics at school should be a positive experience in which students develop confidence and a sense of achievement from what they learn.
The Mathematics curriculum is divided into three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Students learning Mathematics at school will work through the following aims:
- Acquire mathematical skills and knowledge so they can deal confidently and competently with daily life
- Develop knowledge and skills in using mathematics for employment, further study and interest
- To be able to interpret and communicate quantitative and logical ideas accurately
- Recognise the fundamental importance of mathematics to the functioning of society
- Understand the dynamic role of mathematics in social and technological change
- Use technology appropriately and effectively to support the learning of mathematics, and in carrying out mathematical activities in context.
Students should develop accuracy in the computational skills that need and with such speed as is consistent with their ability and thought processes.
The everyday experience of students is used as a basis for meaningful mathematical investigations, hence demonstrating the relevance of the mathematics being learned.
Students should appreciate and identify appropriate uses of mathematics in a range of problem solving situations.
Students develop confidence and competence in mental, written and calculator computations and approximations.
Teachers provide an appropriate learning environment in which to cater for individual differences.
Assessment of students' progress is seen as an on-going and integral part of the learning process.