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  – from direct experiences, including hands on learning opportunities, as well as mathematical conversations with each other.
Transferring meaning  – connecting 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