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Math in the PYP

In the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), mathematics is also viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. It is intended that students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to be memorized.

It is important that learners acquire mathematical understanding by constructing their own meaning through ever-increasing levels of abstraction, starting with exploring their own personal experiences, understandings and knowledge. Additionally, it is fundamental to the philosophy of the PYP that, since it is to be used in real-life situations, mathematics needs to be taught in relevant, realistic contexts, rather than by attempting to impart a fixed body of knowledge directly to students (IB Organization, PYP Math Scope and Sequence 2009, p.1).

Learning mathematics can be described using the stages of applying with understanding, transferring meaning and constructing meaning. At AIS, Math in the PYP is explored through Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten and Fractions, Measurements and Data, Geometry and Mathematical Practice.