Mathematics

Overview

We are passionate about Mathematics and Statistics at Otamatea High School and we believe that each student has the capacity to learn new mathematical ideas and to excel in mathematics.

Our aim is to grow students' confidence in their abilities and to provide a range of rich and engaging experiences to use mathematics and statistics in a wide variety of situations.

Our People

We have a great team which is committed to working together and 'always learning' to be the best in our field so our students can be successful.


Miss Areti Alexandrou
Head of Maths

 

Mr Dirk Smyth

 

 

Mr Keresoma Lloyd

 

Mr Samid Buksh

 


Our programmes

We offer a broad range of programmes through each level of the school that covers the New Zealand national curriculum and uses best practices for teaching and learning.

Year 7 and 8 - At years 7 and 8 students are taught maths in their homerooms five times a week or by a teacher in the maths department. The popular Maths-Whizz homework and skills online programme is used to build skills and complement classroom activities.

In 2017, following the success of our Alim trial (accelerated learning in mathematics), we have a Maths Specialist Teacher, Mrs Snelling, who will be offering more opportunities to accelerate students by assisting a number of small groups of students throughout the year.

Year 9 and 10 - Students are taught by subject specialist teachers four times a week. We use a mixture of online learning, skills-strengthening approaches and problem-solving to prepare students for the senior programmes, and to enhance students’ enjoyment of their learning. We use the ‘Mathletics’ homework programme to help students to revise concepts and practice their maths skills.

Year 11 - We offer programmes suitable for all our learners, and a broad range of internal and external standards for assessment. Geometry, measurement, number, algebra, statistics and probability topics are offered, providing further pathways into senior mathematics and statistics programmes.

Year 12 - Students can chose from Mathematics with Algebra, Mathematics with Statistics, or General Mathematics in Year 12. Students can chose more than one of these options if they wish.

Year 13 - We offer more specialised programmes at this level: Calculus, Statistics, and General Maths. Again students can elect to do one or two of these courses according to their personal goals.

Resources

There is a growing number of online resources to support students’ learning in Mathematics and Statistics. Here are some some links to commonly used and popular resources for students and their whanau:


Maths-Whizz

Online Homework programme for Year 7&8 students.

Mathletics

Online homework programme years 9-10.

e-ako maths

An interactive online resource to help students learn maths

nzmaths

Information and resources for parents and whānau from nzmaths

Digital learning objects

Interactive apps to learn maths concepts, levels 1 - 5 of the nz curriculum.

maths is fun

Another good website with key maths concepts and mini-lessons.

census at school nz

Access to data from the nz census at school survey

Khan Academy

A US video library with hundreds of video lessons.