Mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum encompasses the teaching of number and algebra as well as statistics, geometry and measurement. All these aspects are covered throughout the year and where possible are integrated with each other. The development of number knowledge and number strategies is a key component in mathematics. Each of these areas are taught in stages which increase in complexity at each stage. See below for more information of the number stages.
Mathematics is taught everyday throughout the school. Throughout the week students may work as a whole class or in small flexible groups that allow for differentiation. Problem solving is included in the maths programme as not only does it provide excellent opportunities for creative and flexible thinking, it is an opportunity to develop and practise maths skills in new contexts.
Parents have a valuable role to play in encouraging students to apply their maths knowledge and skills in everyday situations. The links below provide many valuable suggestions as to how parents can support their children with mathematics at home.
- Number stages http://nzmaths.co.nz/number-information
- Posters of the numeracy stages //victoriaave.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Numeracy-Stages-1.pdf
- Ministry of Education resource booklet for parents and whanau
- New Zealand Maths for Families http://nzmaths.co.nz/families