Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; reason logically, algebraically, geometrically, solve problems, and handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology.
It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder. When a problem is solved for the first time or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.
It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations, a trend accelerated by computational technologies.