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Supporting school maths

Kia ora, Parents and Whānau,

Thank you for supporting your child's maths learning at home.

You probably know that the New Zealand Curriculum guides your child's teacher in planning the mathematics that your child learns in the classroom. So when you've visited you child's classroom, you will have seen that there is much more to maths than just remembering times tables and doing sums.

While these are still very important, your child also needs to be able to see patterns, to locate themselves and find their way, to know about the shapes that make up the spaces around them, to measure things, to tell the time, and to understand graphs, facts and figures that are so much a part of our world now.

Above all, they need to be able to use the maths they know in everyday situations. That's why your support is important and appreciated.

So please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher about how you can best help your child.

In the meantime, here are three resources to help you connect with the maths that is happening in the classroom.

Regards

The team at nzmaths, on behalf of New Zealand schools

Maths tips by year level

This collection of pamphlets describes what children in each year level do in maths at school, and gives some ideas of how you can support your child's maths learning at home (show links to files).

Task sheets to work on at home

A selection of problems and task sheets has been collated for each primary school year level to enable you to help more with your child’s maths learning at home. 

Using e-ako maths at home

A short introduction to a series of interactive maths lessons developed to support New Zealand children's learning.
Click for information about e-ako Pāngarau, the Māori-language version of e-ako maths:
Version in Māori   |   Version in English

Number Knowledge activities
Activities to help develop your child's number knowledge. They include related vocabulary in Te Reo Māori, and many of them include versions with key questions translated into Māori.