What can learning in mathematics enable children and young people to achieve?

Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Mathematics equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial. This reinforces the need for mathematics to play an integral part in lifelong learning and be appreciated for the richness it brings.

The mathematics experiences and outcomes are structured within three main organisers, each of which contains a number of subdivisions:

Number, money and measure
• Estimation and rounding
• Number and number processes
• Multiples, factors and primes
• Powers and roots
• Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages
• Money
• Time
• Measurement
• Mathematics – its impact on the world, past, present and future
• Patterns and relationships
• Expressions and equations.

Shape, position and movement
• Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects
• Angle, symmetry and transformation.

Information handling
• Data and analysis
• Ideas of chance and uncertainty.

(Curriculum for Excellence: Mathematics Principles and Practice)

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