Mathematics is a key element within YCIS’ Primary curriculum.
When students learn Mathematics, they do more than learn basic skills and concepts--they acquire a concise and powerful means of communication. If students are to function effectively in society, they need to develop a good understanding of mathematical concepts and skills and be able to apply these to everyday life. Mathematics equips students with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
The Mathematics curriculum has been developed with an international perspective using the National Curriculum for England as a base and a range of teaching and learning strategies from the curricula of Australia, the US and Hong Kong.
The aims of Mathematics in the Primary programme (Year 1- Year 6) are to:
- Focus on real-life situations and develop the ability and confidence to think mathematically outside the classroom;
- Foster an enjoyment for Mathematics and an understanding and appreciation of the mathematical nature of the ordered and systematic world that God created;
- Engage students in practical knowledge of Mathematics to solve problems and make decisions in everyday life;
- Develop mathematical competence through an understanding of numbers, number systems and their related operations so that students learn how to think mathematically about a range of everyday problems;
- Experience hands-on learning and concrete experiences throughout the Mathematics programme that promotes meaningful and developmentally appropriate learning of mathematical concepts;
- Appreciate the integrating strands for learning Mathematics--number, measurement, data handling and probability, and space and shape.