Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New books to boost numeracy achievement

New books to boost numeracy achievement

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today launched six books in the “Figure It Out” series, aimed at better maths teaching and learning for students in years 7 and 8 (ages 11 and 12).

“Thirty-seven booklets have been published in the series already and we’ll have another 16 books published by 2005, at an estimated cost of $7 million,” Trevor Mallard said.

Trevor Mallard launched the new books with the pupils of Bishop Viard College in Porirua today. The launch also coincides with the start of Maths Week, designed to celebrate the importance and fun of mathematics in schools throughout New Zealand.

“Last year’s NCEA results, and several international surveys of maths learning showed that New Zealand had to improve its algebra teaching. This series will help teachers to lift our game and improve understanding of algebra and algebraic thinking.

“The two theme books give maths an innovating and exciting slant. Canoeing the Whanganui river, riding roller coasters, measuring earth quakes and tsunamis should capture the interests of children, teachers and parents.

“This is a key element of our government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Our maths standards will be rising with this comprehensive new approach.”

Trevor Mallard said the feedback he was receiving showed that teachers, pupils, and parents were all impressed with the “Figure It Out” series.

This latest set of books provide material for children working at level 3 of the maths curriculum, two booklets focus at level four and one booklet is for children beyond that level.

The books, published by crown-owned Learning Media, supplement existing maths programmes in schools and provide activities and investigations that students can work on independently or co-operatively in pairs or teams.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news