Mathematics and Statistics have a broad range of practical applications in everyday life, in other learning areas and in the workplace. Being able to calculate, estimate and problem solve are necessary skills for future learning and at Ormond School, we provide our students with opportunities to develop and practice these skills daily.
We do this by providing well planned and engaging lessons that are based on the New Zealand Mathematics’ Curriculum which is broken into 3 strands; Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measurement, and Statistics.
Maths learning in the Number strand is broken into two sections; Strategy and Knowledge.
Strategy is about the different ways a problem can be solved, and learning which is the most efficient method to use.
Knowledge is what the student needs to know in order to use the different strategies to solve problems.
At Ormond School, mathematics is taught daily, in instructional groups that are based on student needs.
Student needs are assessed in a variety of ways including formal testing and informal methods such as observations and conversations.
A variety of equipment and hands on activities engage students in rich learning tasks. The use of meaningful contexts helps the student to make connections between their learning and its application in the real world.
During 2015, we will be taking part in the Ministry of Education ALiM (Accelerate Learning in Maths) programme. Groups of children will be working with the lead Maths teacher to focus on Strategy and Knowledge concepts.