Mathematics

Mathematics offers a broad range of practical applications in everyday life, in other learning areas and in workplaces.  We incorporate these practical applications throughout every lesson including Financial Literacy.

At Ponsonby Intermediate we develop the student’s ability to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically. They learn to structure and to organise, to carry out procedures flexibly and accurately, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge.

How Often Do Students Have Mathematics?
The students have five, 45 minute lessons a week.  During Terms 2, 3 and 4 they also have a sixth 45 minute session during our DEEP program.

Do The Students Have Homework?
The students will have homework set to them every week.  We use an online programme called Mangahigh.  Each student will be allocated his or her own login and password.  The homework is to reinforce what the students have learnt from the week before.  The students will have at least 7 days to complete their homework.

What About If My Student Finds Mathematics Hard?
Within Mathematic classes the students are grouped according to their needs, so the students are always working at their own level.  We also link with our Learning Centre during the follow-up session so the students get an extra lesson with the support of another teacher.

What Other Opportunities Does My Child Have In Mathematics?
Students are able to participate in many other Mathematical opportunities including ICAS, Otago Math Problem Solving and Mathex teams.

Do They Use Devices In Class?
During Mathematics we try to include technology as often as possible.  The students are able to bring their devices and we also have devices in every class that they are able to use also.

What Assessment Tools Do We Use?
We use a three pronged approach for assessment.  We use PAT and asTTle testing as tools to determine what students know before we start teaching the subjects.  When we are reporting on the progress of students we also take into account the students bookwork and class work to determine an overall teacher judgement.

Contact With The Teachers
The easiest way to contact your child’s teacher is via email.  Your child will have the same teacher for both years at Ponsonby Intermediate and they will be given their teacher’s email address in the first week of school.

What We Teach When

 

Term One
Term Two
Term Three
Term Four
Within Class
Number/Financial Literacy
Algebra
Number
​Geometry
DEEP
Statistics and Probability
Statistics and Probability/
​Measurement
​Measurement