Students of Mathematics seek to master a range of tasks, from representing practical situations using appropriate structures and notation to understanding the characteristics and capabilities of mathematical structures designed for such representations. Skills such as spotting patterns, generalising trends, making conjectures, considering multiple perspectives, abstracting relationships and making logical arguments are all utilised to solve problems and develop ideas. Whether mapping such ideas back onto actual everyday situations to offer solutions, or using them to deepen insights and generate further understanding of concepts, Mathematics is much more than merely finding a numerical answer to a specific question.
The study of Mathematics begins with building competency in Algebraic and other symbolic manipulations, so as to better equip students with the skills to explore abstract structures and concepts as they progress in the Integrated Programme. Polya’s Problem Solving Strategy and Schoenfeld's Problem Solving Framework help students apply their thinking systematically and break problems down into manageable parts, while the student-centred focus of lessons allow students to explore ideas while working in collaboration with peers while being guided by their teachers. Selected mathematical software enhances the learning experience by allowing students a more visual approach to learning, encouraging self-directed learning to the exploration of multiple variations of scenarios. Good communication, both verbal and symbolic, is just an important a skill for the Mathematics student, so as to allow clear transmission of ideas and problem-solving approaches, and will also be emphasised.
Students will be exposed to areas beyond the curriculum through visits and talks by Mathematicians, taking part in camps and also participation in a range of competitions. IP1 students who display aptitude and interest in the discipline will be invited to join the TAU programme, which allows them to further explore their areas of interest.