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Maths Week

Maths week.

The New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) established Maths Week in 1998. It continues to be an annual event.

Maths Week takes place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 August 2021.

About Maths Week

The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers sponsor Maths Week. Resources are developed to support teachers and students in years 1–11.They are available free, on-line, to teachers, parents and students.

The aims of Maths Week are to:

  • encourage students’ engagement with mathematics and statistics
  • provide teachers with useful classroom resources, especially material requiring research or providing extension
  • offer materials that can be used electronically
  • reveal the fun side of maths and the everyday places where mathematics and statistics exist.

 More information about this year’s Maths Week will available mid-2021 on the Maths Week website.

Curriculum connections

Maths week activities provide engaging and practical opportunities for students to explore the mathematics and statistics learning area. Plan for students to develop key competencies, particularly thinking and making sense of language symbols and texts. Guide students to become lifelong learners who are numerate and critical thinkers as outlined in the curriculum vision.

How can you get involved?

NZ Maths week logo

The NZ Maths week website contains all the information you need.

Teachers who register for Maths Week will receive helpful notes for themselves a copy of the answers to all problems posed before Maths Week. Register and include the number of your students.

Instructional Series 

Incorporate Maths Week into your literacy programme. Find a full list of titles or undertake your own search on the Instructional Series website

Below is an overview of and links to some texts your students might enjoy.

 Maths Craft: Connected 2019 Level 4 – Seeing Beyond

 An article takes a playful, creative approach to pure mathematics and guides readers through craft activities. Here, students explore the properties of Möbius strips and mathematical knots. The text allows students to think about how mathematicians play look for patterns and relationships.

Captain Cook Charting Our Islands: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

Learn about Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand when he charted the coastline. The text focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. Because the text examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making, your students get a real-life example of maths in everyday life.

Predicting Possibilities: Connected 2019 Level 3 – Shifting Views

This article uses real-world examples to show how people use mathematics to predict the possible outcomes. The text explores describes how mathematical models are created and tells about using an equation to make predictions. 

A Google Slides version of this article is available here.

Useful resources and additional activities

Learn about mathematicians in Aotearoa New Zealand

Find out about New Zealand mathematicians and the work they do.

Here are few names to get you started:

  • Dr Bobbie Hunter, researcher, academic and New Zealand-born Cook Islander
  • Dr Jodie Hunter, Senior Lecturer and Co-director of the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, Massey University
  • Sir Vaughan Jones, one of New Zealand's most celebrated mathematicians
  • Alexander Aitken, New Zealand mathematician who served at Gallipoli and in France

Go on a maths trail

Students can experience maths in the real world by going on a maths trail, an organised walk through a designated area. Going on a maths trail helps students see how maths surrounds them.

Use these resources to start your journey or to get ideas for creating your own Maths Trail.

In Finding the beauty of math outside of class Alessandra King shares how she tailored a maths trail to engage students of any age and to meet a range of abilities.

You might like to share this with families and whānau ...

NZ Maths at our house

Tamariki can experience mathematics in everyday experiences and find resources for learning at home. Check out TKI nzmaths. "Maths at our house" for ideas about how you can support learning in all areas of mathematics such as measurement, number, and geometry maths at home.

School stories

Omarumutu School – New opportunities through an old tradition

Students at Omarumutu School in Opotiki developed measuring skills in this integrated learning project as they built shelters young lambs and calves.

Do have a story to share about maths?

  • How do you include maths in your school curriculum?
  • What maths projects have your students been involved in?
  • How do your students interact with maths in school or everyday life?

We would love to hear from you. Drop us a line at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz. We will publish the best teaching and learning ideas on this resource page.

Updated on: 29 Apr 2021


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