Mathematics enables the child to think and communicate quantitatively and spatially, solve problems, recognise situations where mathematics can be applied, and use appropriate technology to support such use. The Mathematics Curriculum emphasises the development of the child’s estimation skills and problem-solving skills using examples which are relevant to the child’s experience. Discussion, hands-on experience with materials, and active learning are encouraged from infants to sixth class, and the importance of the development of mathematical language in communicating ideas is also stressed. The development of numeracy skills is central to the child’s life both within and outside school. These skills are also important for educational and personal success in later life.
The Mathematics Curriculum is for all children in the primary school from junior infants to sixth class. Content is presented in two-year blocks but with each class level clearly delineated. The Mathematics Curriculum is presented in two distinct sections.
It includes a skills development section which describes the skills that children should acquire as they develop mathematically. These skills include:
- Applying and problem-solving
Understanding and recalling
- Communicating and expressing
- Integrating and connecting
- Understanding and recalling
It also includes a number of strands which outline content that is to be included in the mathematics programme at each level. Each strand includes a number of strand units. Depending on the class level, strands can include
- Early mathematical activities
- Shape and space