Karori Normal School

Mathematics at KNS


The structure of mathematics:

The achievement objectives are presented in Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics.  It is important that students can see and make sense of the many connections within and across the three strands.

Number and algebra – Number involves calculating and estimating, using appropriate mental, written, or manual calculation methods in flexible ways. It also involves knowing when it is appropriate to use estimation and being able to discern whether results are reasonable. Algebra involves generalising and representing the patterns and relationships found in numbers, shapes and measures.

Geometry and measurement – Geometry involves recognising and using the properties and symmetries of shapes and describing position and movement. Measurement involves quantifying the attributes of objects, using appropriate units and instruments. It also involves predicting and calculating rates of change.

Statistics involves identifying problems that can be explored by the use of appropriate data, designing investigations, collecting data, exploring and using patterns and relationships in data, solving problems, and communicating findings. Statistics also involves interpreting statistical information, evaluating data-based arguments, and dealing with uncertainty and variation.

Maths Programmes

Maths is to be taught daily for between 50-60 minutes. Number knowledge (with an emphasis on basic facts) is taught daily.

Time spent teaching number per term:

* 80% - Stage 1-4 Strand 20%

* 60% - Stage 5 and 6 Strand 40%

* 50% - Stage 7 and 8 Strand 50%


Strand is linked to the inquiry process, however, there are times that strand is taught using DATs - deliberate acts of teaching.