Maths Skills for Primary Teachers

Kāpiti Coast

This was a course designed for primary teachers who wanted to learn about the new draft curriculum, or for those that feel anxious about teaching Level 3 and Level 4 mathematical concepts. The course is focused on upskilling the teachers’ knowledge of maths and not on how to teach or structure a lesson. It was free to attend, we just asked that you pre-register for catering purposes.

The total course was 9 sessions long and covered nearly every concept a Secondary Maths Teacher would like a primary student to have been exposed to by the  time they leave Primary School (the current Level 3 & 4, and the new draft curriculum for End of Year 6 and End of Year 8). Each term we will ran two courses covering one strand of the curriculum. Each strand will be split into two parts so we have enough time to cover most concepts within a strand.

If you wish to ask any questions about this, please email Jake Wills: [email protected] 

The sessions were held  week 3 and week 7 of each term, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm rotating around the schools in the region, with the first two held at Kāpiti College. We understand teachers are busy and have different strengths and weaknesses, so they were welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as they wanted. Each session was a standalone session covering completely different content so teachers can pick and choose what best fits their needs.

Session Overview

4:00pm - Snacks, Drinks and Activities (20 mins)

Each session we will start with snacks and drinks that we will put on for those attending. While eating, teachers will have a chance to network with other teachers in the area and to roam around the various stations set up around the room.

One station will have a question in the style of the Numeracy Exam which is set at level 4 of the curriculum. This is being introduced in 2024 and all students will need to pass this to pass NCEA. The other stations will all cover different concepts, for example a station on square numbers and roots, BEDMAS calculator skills, rounding numbers or matching equivalent fractions. This will be self paced, some teachers may cover all the stations, some may choose to focus on one or two.

4:20pm - More ‘Technical’ Concepts (60 mins)

The second part of the session will cover the more technical concepts and will lead this from the front of the room, with teachers sitting in groups at tables. Any materials needed will be supplied. We will allow about 5-10 minutes per concept so it will be fairly fast paced. During this time we will do our best to cover as many concepts as we can in a fun and practical manner.

After this session we hope teachers can think about which concepts they would like to improve further. We will encourage teachers to choose a few concepts to go home and practice and try to teach in their own classrooms. The goal is not perfection but for every teacher to get more confident with a few skills.

To help teachers in a practical way we will also supply every attendee with a number of resources. Teachers can use these however they see best, for example:

5:20pm - Question Time

At the very end there will be time for open questions, and then teachers can stay behind if they have more questions and queries either related to what we have just done, or something else they want to ask.

5:30pm - Maths Lead Networking

At the end of the session, we’d like to encourage maths leads from schools to stay around afterwards for a korero between yourselves and share thoughts and ideas.