Kei hopu tōu ringa ki te aka tāepa,
engari kia mau ki te aka matua.
Cling to the main vine, not the loose one.
What is Numeracy?
Being a successful learner means being successful at Mathematics. We want our students to be excited by maths and learn to value maths as a vitally important part of everyday life.
Students need to develop an understanding of how numbers work and improve their strategies for manipulating numbers mentally. Basic facts need to be recalled quickly and accurately.
However maths isn’t just about numbers. Mathematics develops students’ ability to problem solve, develop logic and reasoning, analyse, think critically and creatively and most importantly to solve problems correctly.
The Mathematics curriculum is divided into four areas – Number and Algebra, Measurement, Geometry and Statisics. We provide a balanced programme to ensure students are given the opportunity to progress across all areas.
Our teacher’s have high expectations for students’ achievement in mathematics and we encourage our students to have high expectations of their own work. Students have access to a range of equipment and are given opportunities to solve realistic problems relevant to their everyday lives.
How can you help at home?
Your child’s teacher can provide guidance on the stage your child is working at and the knowledge that needs to be developed at this stage. Practise these areas often to enable your child to recall them quickly and accurately. Number knowledge needs to be recalled quickly (within around 4 seconds) rather than be worked out (strategy).
Speak positively to your child about mathematics. Some of us did not enjoy maths at school, but we need our children to have a positive attitude.
Talk to your child about everyday maths – shopping, budgeting, measuring, matching, counting, time, patterning, money etc. Have fun and explore the world through maths eyes!
For a list of our recommended online programmes for practising Mathematical skills and concepts click HERE.
In Years 1 and 2 the focus is on the development of children’s key number knowledge. The programme includes a range of activities in all strands that are linked to children’s personal experiences and real world contexts. Children begin to explore different strategies for solving number problems and are taught how to explain their thinking using mathematical language.
In Years 3 and 4 the programme focuses on the extension of children’s number knowledge and greater exploration of patterns. Children are provided with opportunities to develop a range of strategies through authentic tasks and are taught to select and explain efficient methods of solving problems. The programme encompasses both number and strand activities that are meaningful and enable students to make connections between their learning and the world around them.
In Years 5 and 6 the programme focuses on further developing the children’s awareness of the role and significance of Mathematics in and beyond the classroom. Children discover, demonstrate and explain appropriate methods of mathematical calculations. The programme emphasises the importance of drawing on a range of strategies for problemsolving situations.