Takahe Mathematical Thinkers

Takahe Mathematical Thinkers

Monday, February 27, 2023

Teen numbers and tens frames with number stories

In Takahe we have been learning to represent numbers between 11 - 19 in as many ways as you can using the tens frames and write number stories to match them. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023


 Welcome back to yet another year of exciting learning of Maths. 

We are so excited to move to our new school building. WHAT A GREAT  START to our exciting learning in our new learning spaces.

Keep visiting our Maths blog to see our awesome learning of Maths. We will be sharing our Maths learning for you all to see. Visit our blog and encourage us with your feedback on our learning. 

Nga Mihi - Takahe Maths learners

Friday, November 18, 2022

Algebraic growing patterns in our New Learning Spaces

Chairs and tables in our new learning spaces

We can use this idea of arranging tables in our new learning spaces in our new school building 

We used Jamboard to show our growing patterns.
By Antonia 

By Lucas

By Akesa

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Planning to move to our new built school


We are lucky to have our new school built and we are getting ready to move to our school soon. 

In Takahe we have been looking at how we can design the seating and looking at arranging tables and chairs in our Takahe class when we move into our new school.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Logical thinking, mathematical representations to figure out algebraic patterns

Logical thinking, Mathematical representations and using different operations in Algebraic patterns 

Listen to our Tamariki how they used their algebraic thinking and used mathematical to support their explanations 

Unit of repeat  

What will the colour of 20th flower be in the lei?

What will the colour of the 24th flower be in the lei?

Friday, October 21, 2022

Hiapo Noticing and wondering Task

 Noticings and Wonderings

We can see patterns all around us. Patterns are everywhere. 

We use our eyes to notice and recognise patterns, we use our brains to think and wonder 

Look at our noticing and wonderings about a Hiapo pattern - 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Patterns & Relationships in Nuean Patterns - Fakaalofa atu


Fakaalofa atu from Takahe

A repeating pattern has a consistent element of repetition. Can you figure out the repeating pattern in the Niuean Hiapo below.  What patterns do you see in this Niuean Hiapo ?

If you were to make a Niuean paogo (table mat) with the patterns like below- 

  what would the 5th pattern be and the 11th pattern be? 
- Do you notice any other maths in this Niuean Hiapo pattern ?

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Maths Program in the holidays at Wesley

In the first week of holidays we organised Maths program for children. This was run by special Maths teachers from Massey university to support children with Maths learning. It started from 3rd October till 7th October. Children had so much fun and they loved coming and learning to solve problems in Maths in a more collaborative way.

Including others, team work, asking questions to clarify, justifying answers, explaining using Mathematical representations, learning to solve maths problems using more than one way has been a major focus during these sessions. This has helped children develop communication and participation skills in Mathematics.

Thank You to Mr Lou Reddy our Principal and Martha Dyder from DMIC to make this happen for our children. 

A few clippings from the program, children and parent feedback is put together in the video below - 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Tongan Language week Mathematics _ Geometrical shapes and patterns showing symmetry

Geometrical Shapes in Tongan Tapa Cloth
Last week we celebrated Tongan Language week. We read dual language texts, learnt the names of geometrical shapes in Tongan, sang tongan songs and drew tongan patterns. 

Tongan patterns with shapes, showing symmetry and other attributes of shapes. 
Can you guess what might an octagon and a heptagon be called in Tongan?

Friday, August 19, 2022

Wesley Way of celebrating Maths week

Wesley Way of celebrating Maths week by being culturally responsive  

We looked with our Maths eyes 
We made ei katu during Cook Island Language week.
We used Maths to work out how many flowers do we need make to make our ei katu's.
We had to figure using Maths during creative art.
Use your Maths eyes and see if you can see Maths around you too like us

Thursday, August 18, 2022

We use mathematical representations to solve, explain, cross check, justify and sometimes self correct too

We have an orange tree in our school that has so many oranges on it.

  • How many people can we share 15 oranges if we give 3 oranges to each person ?
  • How many people can we share 20 oranges if we give 4  oranges to each person ?
  • How many people can we share 30 oranges if we give 5 oranges to each person ? Explain using mathematical representations
Watch our videos below - 
We used Mathematical representations to help us 
solve the problems, check our answers, explain our strategies and justify our answers. We also were able to cross check and correct as we learn from making mistakes.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Celebrating Maths Week


This week is Maths Week between 8th August - 12th August

We have registered and we will be solving problems posted on the website. Visit our blog to see our solutions to Maths week problems

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Explaining our Mathematical representation


Arrays and counting in groups to solve simple multiplication problems

 Aidan and Lucas love to count. On a plate they have 4 cupcakes.  

  • If there were 2 plates, how many cupcakes would there be  altogether?  

  • If there were 5 plates, how many cupcakes would there be  altogether?  

  • If there were 9 plates, how many cupcakes would there be  altogether?

Multiplication & making Ei Katu for Cook Island language week


Sunday, July 24, 2022

Welcome to our Maths learning in Term 3

 Kia ora Everyone,

Welcome to our learning of whole numbers in Mathematics this term.

We are all excited to be back and we will be learning to solve multiplication and division problems. 

We will be unpacking the Maths language, talk about the Maths problem, share ideas on what the problem is about and what it is asking us to do. We will draw pictures, use materials and use different ways to solve the problem. 

Our goal is to explain the strategies we used to solve problems, giving reasons to justify our answers. 

Visit our blog to see our exciting Maths learning in action!!

nga mihi

Takahe Maths learners

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Sharing wholes equally as wholes and fractions


Listen to the children working together explaining and justifying their Mathematical thinking 

Learning to explain and justify their thinking - 
by Channah , Ivory & Akesa

Mathematical representations using pictures & drawings, and explaining their strategies - 
by Lucas, Aidan & Cephas 

Kololini & Tehillah discussing as they are solving the task together using Mathematical drawings and reasoning.

Cephas explaining to his group-  2 wholes that can be shared between 8 friends . He explains 1/8 + 1/8 = 2/8

We worked together as a whole class to prove 2 eighths is the same as a quarter. 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Samoan Language Week Fractions

 Talofa lava 

Panikeke is samoan food. It is also a food enjoyed by other Pacific cultures. We have been learning about fractions and learning to draw pictures to show how we shared panikeke using fractions in Maths. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mathematical representations to explain our sharing strategies

Listen to us explain our strategies
Rose , Le-Marni & Channah sharing their strategies

Akesa & Catherine sharing their strategies and learning 1/2 and 1/4 makes 3/4

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fractions on a Number line

 Wonder what numbers can be between 0 and 1. we have been working together discussing and drawing number lines.

Making fractions that more than a whole

                                          Making 1 whole and a quarter ( 1 1/4)

   Making 1 whole and a quarter ( 1 1/2)

Watch us learning to use fraction language to share about fractions that add to make more than whole 

Making Halves using fraction tiles

 We have been using fraction tiles to make halves 

Different fractions to make a half 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Using Fractions To Make A Whole

Listen to us explain and show how we are joining different fractions to make a whole.

Kololini & Akesa sharing  different fractions that make a whole

Cephas & Folomalo sharing how they used different fractions that equal a whole or make a whole
Channah & Rose sharing the ways they used fractions to make up a whole

Saturday, April 30, 2022


 Welcome back to term 2. Looking forwards to an exciting term as we focus on Fractions and Statistics.

Encourage children to look for fractions around us and how we use in our everyday lives. We will be posting a problem every week. Encourage your children and support them to solve them collaboratively. The most important thing is to encourage your children to give it a go and try. It's Ok when they make a mistake, as we learn from these mistakes. 

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