All students deserve an opportunity to understand
the power and beauty of Mathematics.
Principles and standards for school Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM 2000)
Mathematics is a many-faceted aspect of human experience, which satisfies a need to imagine, understand and quantify. It is a science of pattern and order that involves processes of abstraction, representation and communication.
In the process of learning Mathematics students move in and out of the phases:
Constructing meaning  Рfrom direct experiences, including hands on learning opportunities, as well as mathematical conversations with each other.
Transferring meaning  Рconnecting sign and symbolic notation with mathematical concepts.
Understanding and applying –¬† through authentic activities, students can appropriately select and use notation to process and record their thinking.
The learning area of Mathematics is organised around five strands:
Data Handling
Shape and Space
Pattern and Function