Using Mathematics

Using Mathematics

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Using Mathematics is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills at the heart of the curriculum. It is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in different contexts. Ideally, teachers will use relevant, real-life situations that require mathematical thinking.

Children are likely to acquire and consolidate their mathematical knowledge and skills within the Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning. Teachers should also give them opportunities to transfer their understanding, as appropriate, to other contexts across the curriculum.

Children can demonstrate their mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of ways to:

  • communicate;
  • manage information;
  • think critically;
  • solve problems; and
  • make decisions.

See Developmental Stages in Learning and Assessment and Reporting at Foundation Stage for more details.


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