Numeracy in action!

Updated: Oct 16


Kākahi designs a new playground - using geometry!


Kākahi has been designing options for a new playground outside the office block as part of their personalised inquiries. To make their models look even better, they have been learning new skills - making 3D shapes. They have been practicing and learning how to cut straight and use a ruler to make the lines. This is our maths geometry learning and the shape is a cuboid.



Skip counting in Patangaroa


In Patangaroa, our tamariki have been learning a skip counting game where everyone has a card in a porohita nui (a big circle) and we count in sequences of 1's, 5's, 10's, forwards and backwards. We have also been making some beautiful designs using 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 sized pieces of coloured card.




Making fraction cakes in Ahoaho


Ahoaho have been doing some learning in Mathematics about fractions. We have been learning how to make a quarter and a half. 


We have also been learning to tell the quarter to and quarter past times on an analogue clock.




Celebrating 100 days at school! Teaching place value


We have been at school for 100 days! Our Māhuri team (New Entrants-Y1) use counting our days at school as an opportunity to teach place value over the year.


Each day they add a stick to their chart and bundle the sticks into 10’s as they go. Including lockdown days, we are well beyond 100 days now! We celebrated with a zoo trip to count 100 birds, stripes, and spots, and an olden day theme where the teachers dressed up as 100 year olds - check out the photos below!






Mapping and coordinates in our Pohutukawa team


Earlier in the year our Pohutukawa children did an Island Bay history inquiry.


Learning to use mapping techniques and coordinates were key mathematical concepts mastered by the kids in order to locate clues that led them to all sorts of historical sites around Island Bay!





Pictorial Number Talks in Rimu Hub


In Rimu, we provoke discussion in maths during Math Kōrero or Number Talks. These usually come in pictorial form. Here’s an example from Rimurimu Hub that was a hit at the end of last term. If the white square = 1, can you find the value of all remaining colour blocks?


This also was a great way to extend students into discussing fractions, decimals and percentages.


It was great seeing the many different ways students approached the question. Have a go at home!











We hope you liked these snapshots of our numeracy programme in action.


Teaching children maths is done in multiple ways, however the key mathematical concepts that we are required to cover are clearly outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum so that all schools have the same framework on which to base their programmes.


Island Bay Schools focus on mathematics skills along with all areas of the curriculum so that students are able to do well in every area of learning at school and in life.


The school assesses your child's mathematics skills across a wide range of areas:

  • In Year 1 your child will learn about numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics.

  • In Year 2 your child will learn to solve problems using numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics.

  • In Year 3 your child will be learning to solve realistic problems using their growing understanding of numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics.

  • In Year 4 your child will continue to learn to solve realistic problems using their growing understanding of numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics. They’ll learn about solving problems by using basic addition, subtraction and simple multiplication facts.

  • In Year 5 your child will be learning to solve realistic problems using their growing understanding of numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics. They will be solving problems involving several steps, including choosing the best method.

  • In Year 6 your child will continue to learn to solve realistic problems using their growing understanding of numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics. They’ll be solving problems involving several steps and which require them to choose the most appropriate method. They will be learning a range of approaches to solve problems and will be able to make general statements about numbers and patterns.

This link shares a collection of pamphlets and describes what children in each year level do in maths ( plus other subjects) at school, and has ideas on how you can support your child's mathematics learning at home.





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