What maths looks like in Aratiatia Community

  • Our teachers facilitate maths workshops and give us a chance to take the lead in these, using ‘Talk Moves’ (which is revoicing, repeating, reasoning, adding on, waiting, and turn & talk).

  • We have a maths art activity each week. This week it involved measuring centimetres, ruling, and making patterns.

  • We use digital tools such as Sumdog and Prodigy to keep us engaged and let us have fun with maths. Just this week Room 5 came 2nd in the Bay of Plenty Sumdog Competition, after Whaea Carole’s class at Owhata Primary in Rotorua.

  • We have many useful resources to support math learning, such as hands-on materials, playing cards and flashcards, textbooks, and devices.

  • We have to complete weekly follow-up tasks to support our learning in workshops. This allows teachers to check in with us and our progress. It helps us become more self-managed because we have to make sure we prioritise our Must Dos and Can Dos.

  • We have a variety of maths activities available to allow students agency over what and how they are learning.

  • Students get outside for maths on occasion, measuring, observing, and finding maths in the real world.

  • Our maths adviser, Mrs Shirley Collins, observes teacher practice and offers support, advice, and new strategies where needed.


Written tasks help us clarify our thinking


We're proud of what we achieve


We can share our maths games on Seesaw


Using materials in workshops makes it fun


Textbooks still provide challenge and let us practise new skills


Real life problems keep it authentic for us


Prodigy is an online learning tool that Whaea Ange found


Playing cards are excellent for number games


Maths art this week was an optical illusion


Materials like this place value chart support our learning


Digital tools like Sumdog combine quick mathematical recall and fun with buddies


Competition is important when motivating boys in maths

Using materials in workshops makes it fun