Mathematics is a science and a universal language that helps us understand reality. It is used in a multitude of everyday life such as the media, the arts, architecture, biology, engineering, computers, music, the insurance industry etc. Its many different applications cannot be appreciated or understood without acquiring some basic knowledge of all branches (i.e. arithmetic, algebra, statistics, probability, and geometry)
The mathematics course at Cycle 1 is centered on the development of three closely related competencies:
Competency 1: Solving Situational Problems
This means being able to find a coherent solution under one of the following conditions:
A) The situation has not been previously presented in the learning process.
B) Finding a satisfactory solution involves using a new combination of rules or principles that the student may or may not have previously learned
C) The solution or the way it is presented has not been encountered before.
Competency 2: Using Mathematical Reasoning
This involves reasoning in making conjectures, and criticizing, justifying or refuting a proposition by applying an organized body of mathematical knowledge. The students follow the rules of inference and deductions and construct an organized and functional body of knowledge.