Tairangi School Procedure Statement

MATHEMATICS NAG 1 Curriculum

Mathematics education aims to help students to develop a belief in the value of mathematics and its usefulness to them, to nurture their confidence in their own mathematical ability, to foster a sense of personal achievement and to encourage a continuing and creative interest in mathematics.

Mathematics at Tairangi School will:

- Develop the skills, concepts, understandings and attitudes which will enable students to cope confidently with the mathematics of everyday life.
- Help students develop a variety approach to problem solving and to develop the ability to think and reason logically.
- Foster an enthusiasm for mathematics.

Balanced programmes will be provided to help students to:

- Experience success at their own level.
- Learn, and apply the following essential skills:

- communication
- numeracy
- information
- problem solving
- social and co-operative
- work and study

- Understand new ideas
- Master the basic facts of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication in order to develop accuracy, efficiency and fluency in computation.

Mathematics is for all students regardless of ability, background, gender or ethnicity.

At Tairangi School, we will teach mathematics using the document “Mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum” as a basis for our programmes.

We believe mathematics makes a contribution at all levels of education, encourages the learners to develop a curiosity about numbers and space, deals with mathematical situations that arise in their daily life and lays a foundation for study in later years.

We need to be aware of:

- N.E.S.B. students and the difficulties they may have with mathematics language.
- The need to focus on basic facts and computation.
- Providing a balanced programme, that includes NumPA at least twice a week.
- The need to make mathematics an enjoyable and challenging learning experience.
- Using technology in our mathematics programmes, including calculators and computers.

Every child can achieve at mathematics – the teachers’ role is to find the child’s success level and provide a balanced programme for growth.

Mathematics Implementation Plan

- Tairangi School’s Mathematics programmes will meet the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework.
- A 1 year plan ill operate with a minimum of 2 NumPA sessions per week. Maths plans will be reviewed periodically as MOE requirements dictate.
- Syndicates may plan co-operatively
- The needs, interests and experiences of the students must be taken into account when syndicates plan their work
- Each unit may have a context for study. e.g. Measurement = Olympic Games
- Maths may be integrated with other curriculum areas.
- Risk management aspects should be a consideration when planning a unit of work (visits to work-sites, museums etc)
- Student’s progress will be monitored against the Achievement Objectives, which have been incorporated into the unit of work.
- A variety of types of assessment should be used
- Assessment data will be recorded on the school-wide coverage sheets
- All programmes will be balanced and manageable
- A range of resources and media should be used within each unit of work. e.g. Maths Online, TKI, Resource Bank items, Figure It Out, Connected etc.
- The school’s ICT facilities should be utilized by both the teachers in the planning stages and the students during the learning component of any maths unit of work.
- The Maths Committee is responsible for Maths budget oversight and ordering.
- The Maths Curriculum Committee will retain an overview of the school’s Maths Long Term Plan
- Where practical, in-service in mathematics will be made available to all staff
- The school will have a standardised format for setting work out in maths books (included in appendix to this document). Setting out will be reviewed periodically.
- A suggested balanced Maths Programme will last for 1 hour and will include:

- Revision
- Mental
- Maintenance
- Teacher time:

- Introducing new ideas

- Group / class work / independent activities

- reflection to end the session

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