Using and applying Mathematics:
Using and applying mathematic involves pupils in solving problems, explaining their methods and results, and using their mathematics, particularly to reason logically. Using and applying mathematics is to be found in all aspects of the curriculum: number, algebra, shape and space, measure and handling data. It is where pupils use their knowledge and understanding of mathematics to solve problems.
Examples of the types of problem that they might solve are:
- Exploring how to arrange advertisements in a newspaper to include as many of them as possible and make the most money from the advertising revenue.
- Designing a wardrobe to fit into a measured space – identifying the information needed, representing the problem, using diagrams, and interpreting the solutions – which could involve making a scale model and a two-dimensional plan of the final shape.
- Exploring what happens to a number when its digits are reversed and the difference between the result and the original number is calculated, and then using algebra to find some general statements that they can make.
Your child may bring work home that involves using and applying mathematics. Parents, carers and mentors can help by:
- talking with them about what they think that they have to do
- getting them to explain how they are tackling the problem
- asking them to explain what other ideas and methods they have tried, to solve the problem
- reading through what they have written when they feel that they have finished the problem and getting them to explain to you what mathematics they have used
- asking them to tell you how they might tackle a similar problem in the future.