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Mathematics at HPS

The Maths Curriculum

In Mathematics and Statistics, students explore patterns and relationships and use these to make sense of the world in which they live. Mathematics is exploring and using patterns in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploring and using patterns and relationships in data. 

By learning Mathematics and Statistics, students develop  important thinking skills. They learn to structure and to organise, to carry out procedures flexibly and accurately, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge.

In the New Zealand Maths Curriculum, there are 3 learning strands:

  • Number and Algebra

  • Geometry and Measurement

  • Statistics


What Maths Looks like at Helensville Primary School

At Helensville Primary School we believe strongly that Mathematics is best learnt through relating problems to the real world. By doing this we are helping our learners to see the relevance of often complex tasks in a way that is most likely to be engaging and memorable for them.


We also understand how vital it is for students to understand place value, as it is the basis of our number system. Therefore we have a specific focus on the place value concepts that underpin all learning in number. 

Our maths program is based on the New Zealand Maths Numeracy Programme

Maths overviews are decided within teams, and viewed alongside other curriculum overviews and school events e.g. athletics/Ag Day to integrate as often os possible, giving maths a real purpose. Planning is modified as testing data is used to identify class/team strengths and weaknesses. There is full coverage of all strands across 4 terms. 

Year 0-4 Number/Strand Ratio of 80:20 to 60:40 (Strand refers to learning strands other than number)

Year 5 - 6 Number/Strand ratio of 70:30 to 50:50 

Year 7 - 8  Number/Strand ratio of 60:40 to 40:60 

In classrooms, we usually begin lessons with some 'quick fire' games or activities to get our brains warmed up! These might be in our maths books, or we might play games with counters, dice and other hands-on materials.

We have groups for maths and these groups are flexible, based on what we need to know. On some days, our groups see the teacher for a lesson and then we do a follow up activity to practice the skill or concept we just learnt. We often use 'hands-on' materials in our maths lessons to help us grasp new concepts.  These may include counters, cubes, base ten materials, tens frames, number lines or hundreds boards. This is essential for helping us to build a mental image of some of the tricky concepts we learn.

On other days, a problem is posed to the class, which we solve in mixed ability groups. 

At the end of a lesson we get to share what we learnt. It is important to have the opportunity to explain and model our thinking and/or strategies for others - that's when we know we have truly understood the concepts!

We don't always do our maths work in our books - sometimes we practice the skills and strategies that we have learned by completing activities on the class computers and laptops or by working in a group using chart paper or our modelling book. This provides valuable opportunities to practice, revise, consolidate and apply the learning that has taken place in class.  

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Extension Maths

ICAS: The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools, is an independent, skills-based assessment program. ICAS recognises and rewards student achievement in maths and other areas.

Otago Problem Solving Challenge: 

A mathematics problem solving competition in 5 half hour sessions over 5 months.  Organised by the University of Otago aimed primarily at children in Years 7 and 8. 

Mathex: A local team problem solving challenge, which can lead to an opportunity to compete Auckland wide at the Auckland Mathematics Association Competition.

For more information contact the HPS Maths Lead Teacher bronwync@helensville.school.nz

Monitoring and Assessment

Students are assessed and monitored via: formative assessment, teacher observations, GLOSS, PAT, Place Value Tests, JAM and Mathletics. 

Regular reporting to parents happens through Learner Map Conferences and Seesaw. 


How parents can help at home?

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There are some excellent ideas here as well as links and resources support with learning maths at home.


Students have their own logins. Our Year 3-8 students are assigned tasks, which are monitored by their teachers. Mathletics also has games and support materials.


Students have their own logins. Our Year 0-2 students are assigned their own tasks, which are monitored by their teachers.

It is really important that we revise our basic facts, to help us to become more confident at recalling them, and using them to solve more challenging maths problems.

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Here you can learn times tables and earn diplomas.

You can practice addition, subtraction, place value and times tables here.

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