PRIMARY SCHOOLS MATHS SYLLABUS AIMS
FOR
Mathematics is an excellent vehicle for the
development and improvement of aperson’s intellectual competence in logical
reasoning, spatial visualisation,analysis
and abstract thought.
Students develop numeracy,
reasoning, thinking skills, and problem solving skills through the
learning and application of mathematics. These are valued not only in
science and technology, but also in everyday living and in the
workplace.
The development of a highly
skilled scientifically
and technologicallybased manpower requires a strong grounding in mathematics. An emphasis on mathematics
education will ensure that we have an increasingly competitive workforce to
meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Mathematics education aims to enable students to:
Mathematical concepts
cover numerical, algebraic,
geometrical,
statistical, probabilistic, and
analytical concepts.
Students should develop and explore
the mathematics ideas in depth,
and see that mathematics is an
integrated whole, not merely isolated
piece of knowledge.
They should be given a variety of
learning experiences to help them
develop a deep understanding of
mathematical concepts, and to make
sense of various mathematical ideas,
as well as their connections and
applications, in order to
participate actively in learning mathematics and
to become more confident in
exploring and applying mathematics.
The use of manipulatives (concrete materials),
practical work, and use of
technological aids should be part of
the learning experiences of the
students
Mathematical skills include procedural skills for numerical
calculation, algebraic manipulation, spatial visualisation,
data analysis, measurement, use of mathematical tools, and
estimation.
The development of skill
proficiencies in students is essential in the
learning and application of
mathematics. Although students should
become competent in the various
mathematical skills, overemphasising
procedural skills without
understanding the underlying mathematical
principles should be
avoided.
Skill proficiencies include the
ability to use technology confidently, where
appropriate, for exploration and
problem solving. It is important also to
incorporate the use of thinking
skills and heuristics in the process of
developing skill
proficiencies.
Mathematical
processesrefer to the knowledge skills (or process
skills) involved in the process of acquiring and applying
mathematical knowledge.
This includes reasoning, communication and connections,
thinking skills and heuristics, and application and
modelling.
