The following show how the Mathematics curriculum is designed for each of the programmes of study. including the problem solving elements to be covered in each strand.
The Calculation Policy has been designed as we believe that children should be introduced to the processes of calculation through practical, oral and mental activities. As children begin to understand the underlying ideas they develop ways of recording to support their thinking and calculation methods, use particular methods that apply to special cases, and learn to interpret and use the signs and symbols involved. Written methods are complementary to mental methods and should not be seen as separate from them. The aim is that children use mental methods when appropriate, but for calculations that they cannot do in their heads they use an efficient written method accurately and with confidence. It is important children acquire secure mental methods of calculation and one efficient written method of calculation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which they know they can rely on when mental methods are not appropriate.