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1. Key concepts

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of mathematics. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

1.1 Competence

  • Applying suitable mathematics accurately within the classroom and beyond.
  • Communicating mathematics effectively.
  • Selecting appropriate mathematical tools and methods, including ICT.

1.2 Creativity

  • Combining understanding, experiences, imagination and reasoning to construct new knowledge.
  • Using existing mathematical knowledge to create solutions to unfamiliar problems.
  • Posing questions and developing convincing arguments.

1.3 Applications and implications of mathematics

  • Knowing that mathematics is a rigorous, coherent discipline.
  • Understanding that mathematics is used as a tool in a wide range of contexts.
  • Recognising the rich historical and cultural roots of mathematics.
  • Engaging in mathematics as an interesting and worthwhile activity.

1.4 Critical understanding

  • Knowing that mathematics is essentially abstract and can be used to model, interpret or represent situations.
  • Recognising the limitations and scope of a model or representation.

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