In the IB Primary Years Programme, mathematics is viewed as a global language through which the students make sense of the world around them, use it as a way of critical thinking as opposed to a series of facts and equations.
The Math in Focus program caters to the individual needs by providing differentiation at all levels. It has been designed in recognition that learning mathematics is a developmental process and that the phases a learner passes through are not always linear or age related.
Mathematics is also viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. It is intended that students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to be memorized.
For this reason the content is presented in continuums for each of the five strands of mathematics to built their conceptual understanding of the mathematics in life.
The learners acquire mathematical skills through five important strands:
- Data Handling,
- Patterns and Functions,
- Measurement and
- Shapes & Space.