In mathematics, students explore ideas about number, algebra, space, measurement, chance and data. They use these ideas along with mathematical ways of representing patterns and relationships to describe, interpret and reason about their and social and physical world. Mathematics lessons play a key role in the development of students’ numeracy, which assist learning across the curriculum.
Students should learn to read, write and speak mathematics in a variety of contexts and forms so that they can understand and convey mathematical ideas, interpret prose containing mathematical forms and continue to use and learn mathematics autonomously. Whether dealing with familiar or unfamiliar tasks they need to:
- recognise when mathematics might help
- choose appropriate mathematical methods
- decide on levels of precision and accuracy
- perform calculations
- interpret the results
- evaluate the reasonableness of results and appropriateness of the methods used.