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Mathematics & Statistics

Our Beliefs

We believe that mathematically and statistically confident children are able to think creatively, critically, strategically, and logically. We want all children at Whitney Street School to have the ability to apply mathematics and statistics in future learning and everyday life.

Mathematics and Statistics at Whitney Street School consists of;

The key strands:

  • Number and Algebra: The Number Framework strategy and knowledge learning

  • Geometry and Measurement

  • Statistics

Quality teaching and learning through;

  • Drawing on the 10 principles from ‘Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics’ by Glenda Anthony & Margaret Walshaw (small pink book)

  • A balanced programme including all strands and integrated into other curriculum areas

  • Maths taught for a minimum of 4 hours per week over 38 weeks

  • Problem Solving and worthwhile mathematical tasks

  • Culturally responsive strategies as recommended in Ka Hikitia, Tātaiako, and the Pasifika Plan

Children discovering the way

  • Actively engage in all aspects of mathematics and statistics

  • Develop and be able to communicate the knowledge, strategies and competencies which will enable them to confidently use and discuss Mathematics and Statistics in everyday life

  • Develop the ability to use a variety of approaches to problem solving and their ability to think and reason

  • Use and communicate mathematical language

Teachers leading the way

  • Nurture a positive attitude towards Mathematics and Statistics

  • Provide a supportive environment to share and discuss learning

  • Model and communicate mathematical and statistical language and thinking regularly

  • Ensure Mathematics and Statistics is valued as part of all learning

  • Use effective teaching strategies

  • Ensure classroom planning, assessments and organisation in Mathematics and Statistics is purposeful and responsive to children’s learning

  • Have the teaching skills and knowledge of mathematical concepts

  • Use the Number Framework and Teaching Model

  • Provide tools and representations

  • Use current mathematics pedagogy and practices such as the 5 talk moves

Reviewed in 2016

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  • Drawing on the 10 principles from ‘Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics’ by Glenda Anthony & Margaret Walshaw (small pink book)

  • A balanced programme including all strands and integrated into other curriculum areas

  • Maths taught for a minimum of 4 hours per week over 38 weeks

  • Problem Solving and worthwhile mathematical tasks

  • Culturally responsive strategies as recommended in Ka Hikitia, Tātaiako, and the Pasifika Plan