Curriculum Statement

Mathematics & Statistics

At Te Kura o Waima, the expectation is that teachers will demonstrate quality teaching, planning and assessment in Mathematics. Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space & time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. Both equip students for effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining and making sense of the world in which they live. Mathematics is a tool for everyday life and is used by people both in their work and as they undertake a range of practical and thinking activities.

The aim of the mathematics programme at Te Kura o Waima is to promote the skills and attitudes needed for children to apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. We aim to provide a balanced mathematical programme where children develop the ability to think mathematically and realise that mathematics has a purpose and relates to real life.

Mathematics and Statistics can be applied to a broad range of learning situations and across learning areas. Mathematics is one of eight learning areas in The New Zealand Curriculum. Learning Mathematics and Statistics, is structured by use of the following three strands:

Number and Algebra

  • Number strategies
  • Number knowledge
  • Equations and expressions
  • Patterns and relationships

Geometry and Measurement

  • Shape
  • Position and orientation
  • Transformation
  • Measurement


  • Statistical investigation
  • Statistical literacy
  • Probability

At Te Kura o Waima, our tamariki become problem solvers by developing their ability to explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.

Mathematics is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. We are wanting our tamariki to have a positive attitude and a fascination for mathematics, to become competent and confident in mathematical knowledge, strategies and concepts, have the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately, transferring new learning into meaningful contexts with flexibility of mind, to show perseverance, initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others, and to have an appreciation of the importance of sharing mathematics by discussing, explaining and reporting.

At Te Kura o Waima, it is our aim to provide a balanced mathematics programme where children will be given the opportunity to explore and develop mathematics skills through deliberate acts of teaching in an integrated and rich learning environment.

  • Teaching programmes are based on current assessment data
  • Teachers will analyse assessment data to develop next steps in learning and teaching
  • Learners’ progress will be monitored as a part of the daily teaching programmes targeting identified needs
  • The mathematics programme will be flexible, responding to the changing needs of our learners
  • Teachers will regularly work together to moderate learning samples against accepted tools.
  • Differentiated programmes cater for individual needs. Teacher assistants are available to support the programme.
  • Learning foci and success criteria are co-constructed with students.

Students will apply mathematics skills across a range of authentic purposeful contexts, tasks and audiences.

Number & Algebra

  • Recognise that number knowledge is the key to understanding all number
  • Recognise there are patterns in shapes, numbers, and measures
  • Have a variety of strategies to solve number and word problems
  • Be able to estimate effectively and accurately

Statistics and Probability

  • Understand and carry out the process of a statistical investigation
  • Interpret data from a variety of sources to draw conclusions and make predictions
  • Probability can be calculated and applied

Measurement and Geometry

  • Have a practical understanding of the units for measurement and be able to use them appropriately
  • Understand and apply the concepts of mapping
  • Understand the properties of angles and 2D and 3D shapes
  • Understand and apply the properties of transformations

The mathematics curriculum recognises the importance to develop students who use their mathematical knowledge and skills to enhance their participation and contribution in all aspects of their school life and beyond. Will recognise the relevance of maths in their lives and be able to transfer their skills and knowledge to real life situations. Learning maths and statistics helps children develop thinking skills. They learn a range of skills including creating models, seeking patterns, justifying, verifying, making generalisations and predicting outcomes. They also learn to calculate, estimate, and recognise accuracy in their work.

Opportunities to use and develop the Key Competencies and WAIMA in mathematics are expected.