S3 Maths

Mathematics is important in our everyday life. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Mathematics plays an important role in areas such as science or technologies, and is vital to research and development in fields such as engineering, computing science, medicine and finance. Learning mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies and interests.

Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way.

Mathematics is structured within three main areas:

• Number, money and measure
This includes estimation and rounding; number and number processes; multiples, factors and primes; powers and roots; fractions, decimal fractions and percentages; money; time; measurement; the impact of mathematics on the world; patterns and relationships; expressions and equations.

• Shape, position and movement
This includes properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects; angle, symmetry and transformation.

• Information handling
This includes data and analysis; ideas of chance and uncertainty.