The Cambridge Assessment International Education Maths framework provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for Mathematics. The objectives detail what the Iearner should know or what they should be able to do in each year of Primary education. The learning objectives provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners’ ability and understanding can be checked.
The Cambridge Primary Mathematics curriculum is presented in five content areas: Number, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving. The first four content areas are all underpinned by Problem solving, which describes using techniques and skills and the application of understanding and strategies in solving problems. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject. The Cambridge Primary Mathematics curriculum framework provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.
The substrands are: Number: Numbers and the number system; Calculation – Mental strategies, Addition and subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Geometry: Shapes and geometric reasoning ; Position and movement Measure; Money (until stage 3); Length, mass and capacity ; Time; Area and perimeter (from stage 4). Handling data: Organising, categorising and representing data; Probability (from stage 5); Problem solving: Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems; Using understanding and strategies in solving problems (from stage 4).
Students have five Maths lessons a week; special events are also organized around the topic of Maths, such as Maths challenges and competitions.