What is Mathematics and Statistics about?
Mathematics is the exploration and the use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two are related, but use different ways of thinking and solving problems. Mathematics and statistics use symbols, graphs and diagrams to find and communicate patterns and relationships and create models to represent both real life and hypothetical situations.
How is Mathematics and Statistics structured in the New Zealand Curriculum?
Mathematics and Statistics consist of three strands:
Number and Algebra | Involves calculating and estimating, using appropriate strategies and methods in flexible ways. Algebra involves understanding patterns and relationships found in numbers shapes and measures.
Geometry and Measurement | Geometry involves recognising properties and symmetries of shapes and describing position and movement. Measurement involves using appropriate units to predict and calculate.
Statistics | involves solving problems using appropriate data, designing investigations, collecting data, finding relationships and trends and communicating findings.
How is Mathematics and Statistics taught at Tomarata School?
At Tomarata School we will provide coverage of Mathematics and Statistics using the New Zealand Curriculum for Year 1-8. We will provide a balanced needs based programme of contextual problem solving activities , alongside targeted workshops for student needs, using the school wide mathematics plan.
- Teaching and learning will be supported by shared learning intentions
- Appropriate teaching and learning resources, equipment and games will guide and enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Statistics
- We will provide a balanced programme that addresses student needs, builds on prior knowledge and provides opportunities to use new learning with other real life contexts and/or learning areas
- Students will be accurately assessed and taught to meet their learning needs at the appropriate level
- At risk students are identified and are provided with appropriate support and acceleration
- All classes will have enriching and productive learning environments with established routines and expectations
How do we Assess and Report Mathematics and Statistics at Tomarata School
Data will be gathered and analysed to ensure we are meeting the individual needs of all students.
Data analysis will inform:
The setting and monitoring of school-wide, class, target group or individual targets
- Reporting to Parents and the Board of Trustees
- Student Groupings
- Students “At Risk” or “Well Above” expectations
- Next step learning
- Student’s goals