## Pāngarau

Students learn mathematics & statistics by exploring relationships in quantities, space & data & learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them. We learn about Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measurement and Statistics.

## Mahi Tahi Pāngarau

## Working as One in Mathematics

Parents, students and teacher have been working together to understand and use Stage 6 Addition and Subtraction strategies in Mathematics this term.

Lead Parents have been teaching whanau parents these strategies. Feedback from these workshops has been fantastic!

Check out the Maths website for these strategies.

## Basic Facts

It is vital that your child learns their Basic Facts, so that they can concentrate on their strategy in Mathematics. Practice Basic Facts daily.

Visit this site for practice.

## IXL Maths Programme

It is very important that your child accesses their IXL account every day in order to practice important skills in Mathematics.

## Individual Learning Pathway

If you have a student in Years 4 to 8 ask them to show you their Individual Learning Pathway. It gives you information on their strengths and weaknesses in Mathematics.

## Maths Problem

Congratulations to Steven Mayerhofler from Room 10 for answering the previous Maths Problem correctly. He tried three times and never gave up until he had the right answer. Well done Steven. Here is the new problem:

## Maths Tutors

Meet our Maths Tutors, who will be leading our What’s Up Wednesday sessions each week. They are keen to help you and love having fun in Mathematics.

## Mathex 2014

Congratulations to our three teams who competed in the Papatoetoe School zone’s Mathex competition, which was held at Papatoetoe Central School this morning, Thursday 14 August. It was an especially tough competition this year, with many learned competitors keen to take the title of Mathex Champion 2014. We are pleased to say that, although we did not bring home a trophy this time, our students did us proud.

Here are the questions each team had to answer within 30 minutes. Test yourself and see how you do.

## Math Problem

Be in to win a prize! Send your answer to this question to Mrs Siluuga and you could be the lucky winner.

## Mathex

Mathex is a fun mathematics competition where teams compete against each other to answer questions in the fastest time.

We will be sending a Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 team to compete at the Papatoetoe schools competition in Week 4.

We will also run a competition at school at the end of this term, for those keen mathematicians.

Students have been voluntarily practising during their lunch breaks.

Click on the links below to access some example Mathex questions from previous years:

## Holy Cross Maths Awards

Students have been working hard to attain their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in Mathematics.

Bronze Award: Know your times tables in order (see a practice video below)

Silver Award: Know your times tables out of order (see a practice video below)

Gold Award: Know multiples of various numbers

## Math Problems

GRANDPA’S CHOCOLATES SOLUTION : Grandpa’s pockets hold 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 chocolates. So he has 31 altogether.

MY DOGS SOLUTION: We have to find three numbers that add up to 15. There are lots of them. We also have to find three numbers whose product is 45. There are not so many of them. The clue here is that 45 is not divisible by too many numbers. For instance, the divisors of 45 are 1, 3, 5, 9, 15, 45. What’s more the three dogs have to each have one of these divisors as their age. And what’s even more, none of their ages is bigger than 15 because they all add up to 15!

So we’re now choosing from 1, 3, 5, 9. But the ages can’t be 1, 3, 9 because 1 x 3 x 9 is not equal to 45. So 5 must be in there somewhere. That leaves two numbers to make 9. They must be 1 and 9. So the three ages are 1, 5, 9. Wait on! Does 1 + 5 + 9 = 15? Yes. That’s all right then.

## What’s Up Wednesday

Many children from Year 3 upwards have been voluntarily giving up their lunch breaks to have fun with Mathematics at “What’s Up Wednesday” sessions. During these sessions children have access to ipads and computers in order to extend their knowledge and skills in Mathematics. Children have the opportunity to attain their Maths awards and are able to use Mathematics materials to explore maths ideas in a fun way.

## IXL

Log in to IXL daily to gain access to important mathematics skills that will support your learning journey. On IXL students, parents and teachers can access reports regarding student progress and celebrate success with virtual rewards and certificates. IXL can help us identify gaps in our understanding and provide hours of fun in Mathematics.

Click on the IXL image below to log in.

## Maths Problems

Can you solve these maths problems?

TRIPODS ANSWER: 18 divided by 3 is 6. If there were 18 legs there a 3 tripods.

LEGS IN THE BARN ANSWER: (2 chickens x 2 legs each) + (4 pigs x 4 legs each) = 4 + 16 = 20