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Supporting mathematics learning

Welcome to The New Zealand Curriculum Update

Curriculum Updates support school leaders and teachers as they work to design and review their school curriculum in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and with current knowledge and understandings about effective classroom teaching.

Curriculum Updates are published in the Education Gazette and are available online.

This Update is for the school leadership team. It discusses initiatives designed to support student achievement in mathematics and illustrates how schools are addressing the needs of students who are not progressing as expected. It will help you as a team to review how your school currently addresses underachievement in mathematics.

Teacher and students.

How effectively is your school meeting the mathematics learning needs of students who are not progressing as expected?

  • Do you have evidence that all students in your school receive effective teaching in mathematics?
  • Do you have evidence that students who are not achieving at expected levels (as described in The New Zealand Curriculum Mathematics Standards for Years 1–8) are receiving targeted and intensive teaching to narrow the achievement gap?
  • Do the identities, languages, and cultures of students inform your school’s approaches to mathematics teaching and learning?

This Update will help you to review the mathematics teaching in your school and implement initiatives to address underachievement.

It explores three tiers of support for mathematics learning and includes a case study describing one school’s programme of targeted, intensive support for students who were underachieving in mathematics. It also discusses a range of materials and resources to support accelerating learning in mathematics.

It serves as a companion to Update 2, Supporting Literacy Learning.

Download the full print version: Issue 17: February 2012 (PDF, 2 MB)