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Illustrating the Mathematics Standards

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Grocery Bonanza: Illustrating the year 1 standard

The following examples of student work illustrate achievement at the mathematics standard for year 1.

The task in this illustration was used by a teacher in a year 1–2 class to link a mathematics activity to a school fund-raiser. The students had brought grocery items to school for the fund-raiser.

The task relates to achievement objectives for Number, Geometry, and Statistics from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.

The Task

Grocery Bonanza

Everyone in the class has brought groceries to school for a school fund-raiser. You and your partner have a box of these groceries, with lots of different shapes and sizes.

  1. Choose 3 different groceries from your box and discuss their shape with your partner.
  2. a. Sort your box of groceries.
    b. Explain how you sorted them.
  3. Show the results of your sorting in a display.

Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the year 1 mathematics standard are described below.  There is also an illustration of the year 2 standard for this task. 

New Zealand Curriculum: Level 1 National Standards: After one year at school
In solving problems and modelling situations, students will:
Number and Algebra
  • use a range of counting, grouping, and equal-sharing strategies with whole numbers and fractions (number strategies)

Geometry and Measurement

  • sort objects by their appearance (shape)


  • conduct investigations using the statistical enquiry cycle:
    - posing and answering questions
    - gathering, sorting and counting, and displaying category data
    - discussing the results (statistical investigation)
Number and Algebra
  • apply counting-all strategies

Geometry and Measurement

  • sort objects and shapes by a single feature and describe the feature, using everyday language


  • investigate questions by using the statistical enquiry cycle (with support), gathering, displaying, and/or counting category data

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Grocery Bonanza, Year 1

PDF of this task and Illustrations of the year 1 and 2 standards (1.02MB)