The new Project Maths course is a new and improved way of studying mathematics. Project maths places an emphasis on students’ understanding of mathematical ideas and concepts and helps to develop students’ problem solving skills. Students are continuously building on their understanding of different concepts and ideas which improves students overall ability and understanding of maths. Project maths does not look at any topic or chapter in isolation but relates it to other topics on the syllabus. Relating different topics and concepts together really helps students’ understanding of maths and their ability to solve difficult maths problems. A central part of the new project maths syllabus is placing the mathematical concepts and ideas that students learn into context in the world around them. Students should now be able to see why different areas of maths are needed in everyday life and relate various mathematical concepts to everyday experience.
This new course uses a range of methodologies and activities to aid students in developing their understanding of maths. Students will be actively engaged in different activities that bring maths to life in the classroom. This will not only help students’ understanding but these activities will improve students’ problem solving skills, communication skills, reasoning skills, team work skills, analysing skills etc.
We will use a variety of activities and methodologies similar to the ones described above to help our students in Dún an Rí College to build and develop an understanding of maths. We want our students to have an excellent understanding of the different aspects and concepts on the new Project Maths syllabus so they are prepared for different problems that may arise during class or exams. We not only want students to know how to solve problems in different topics on the course but to also relate these different topics to each other and use their understanding from a collective of topics to solve a problem.