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The mathematics scope and sequence framework identifies the expectations considered essential in the Australian Curriculum. These expectations are arranged in five interwoven strands of knowledge. In number and pattern and function, students inquire into our number system, and its operations, patterns and functions.
This is where students become fluent users of the language of arithmetic, as they learn to understand its meanings, symbols and conventions. These two strands are best taught as stand-alone mathematical topics, although aspects can be successfully included in the units of inquiry of the Primary Years Program (IB). The remaining strands, data handling, measurement and shape and space, are the areas of mathematics that other disciplines use to research, describe, represent and understand aspects of their domain. Mathematics provides the models, systems and processes for handling data, making and comparing measurements, and solving spatial problems.
Topics in these three strands are often taught in authentic contexts such as the transdisciplinary units of inquiry.
The mathematics component of the curriculum provides opportunities for students to: