During primary education, the children will gradually acquire – in the context of situations that are meaningful to them – familiarity with numbers, measurements, forms, structures and the relationships and calculations that apply to these. They will learn to use 'mathematical language' and gain 'mathematical literacy' as well as skills in calculus. This mathematical language concerns arithmetical, mathematical and geometrical terms, formal and informal notations, schematic representations, tables and graphs and exercises for the calculator. 'Mathematical literacy' and skills in calculus particularly applie to coherent insight in numbers, insight in measurements and three-dimensional insight. The children will build a repertoire of usable knowledge, important reference numbers and measurements, characteristic examples and applications. Also, they will practice in arithmetic, measurements and geometry. Geometry concerns three-dimensional orientation, the description of phenomena in reality, and the ability to reason on the basis of images in two and three dimensions. For mathematics a special programme for the European Schools has been designed.

This new programme, approved in February 2012, can be viewed here

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