School planning for mathematics

School planning - part 1

Curriculum planning

A school plan should be comprehensive and balanced and reflect the particular needs of the school community. The implementation of the mathematics curriculum will require a school plan to be in place in the school.

Teaching materials

Teaching materials will be required at all class levels and in every strand. As children develop their individual learning styles it is important that they have experience of a variety of materials and the freedom to choose from these when exploring a mathematical task.


There should be enough equipment for the use of at least one group of children in the classroom. If children are to learn from doing they must do. Children can collect objects for counting and sorting, and these can be kept in a tray on a desk for use by a group or individual child as required.

Textbooks and worksheets

The use of teacher-developed worksheets is important. This encourages teachers to share expertise and adapt work to the needs of a particular class or school. Textbooks can be evaluated by the staff, and consideration should be given to how they reflect the objectives of the curriculum. In general, textbooks should include a balanced treatment of all the strands, varied presentation of problems and an emphasis on the use of manipulatives. They should encourage investigation and provide the child with structured opportunities to engage in exploratory activities. A variety of textbooks could be made available to the children based on the quality of their content in particular strands.

Calculators and computers

Calculators and computers can enhance the implementation of the maths curriculum. Calculators are part of the programme from fourth to sixth class. Schools will need to have a common policy on the type of calculator used in the school, the quantity required and how they are allocated.