What is Mathematics and Statistics?
The NZ curriculum describes maths as "the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space and time" and statistics as "the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data." The study of mathematics and statistics involves a multitude of skills. An ability to draw upon creative, critical, strategic and logical thinking then communicate this thinking using symbols, graphs and diagrams is essential.
How is it structured in New Zealand schools?
The maths curriculum in New Zealand is split into 3 strands and where possible connections are made between these strands. The three strands comprise of:
- Number and Algebra
- Geometry and Measurement
Further elaboration on these strands can be found in the labelled pages. You will notice that Number and Algebra are combined together in the NZ curriculum. For the purposes of sharing information on this website they have been separated.
Depending on the child's year level a different emphasis is put on different strands. The younger the children the greater the emphasis is on number.
|During the 1st year at school||60% - 80% will be number focused|
|During the 2nd year at school||60% - 80% will be number focused|
|During the 3rd year at school||60% - 80% will be number focused|
|In Year 4||60% - 80% will be number focused|
|In Year 5||50% - 70% will be number focused|
|In Year 6||50% - 70% will be number focused|
|In Year 7||40% - 60% will be number focused|
|In Year 8||40% - 60% will be number focused|
What does a maths programme look like at Waikanae School?
The teaching of mathematics can be done in a variety of ways. Typically it is taught on a daily basis in a maths lesson, however where possible maths is taught by combining it with another curriculum area. Number concepts can also be taught through the other maths. Some of the things you would see would be:
- Students exploring mathematical concepts in all three areas of the maths curriculum.
- Flexible grouping of students - meaning that depending on the purpose of the session there will be a mix of whole class teaching, group teaching (ability and mixed ability), pair work and individual
- Opportunities for discussion and questioning where students talk about their learning and understanding of different concepts
- Problem-solving that challenges students with their thinking
- Links to other areas of the curriculum where appropriate
- Contexts that make maths real for the students
- Feedback on learning from students and teachers
- Targeted learning based on the needs of the student
- Use of equipment to support learning
- Games and activities that consolidate learning, including Mathletics and other mathematical websites