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Welcome to Maths Week 2021 :: 9 - 13 August

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Maths Week material is written

  • to encourage students’ interest in mathematics and statistics
  • to give teachers resources that they can use in the classroom, particularly material that requires some research and which may not be readily available to them, or that can be used electronically in class
  • to show the pleasure that mathematics can provide and some of the everyday places where it can be used
  • to give teachers material that can provide extension.

Maths Week has five levels.

  • Level 1 – primarily for Years 1 and 2.
  • Level 2 – primarily for Years 3 and 4.
  • Level 3 – primarily for Years 5 and 6.
  • Level 4 – primarily for Years 7 and 8.
  • Level 5 – primarily for Years 9, 10 and 11.

This year, the Maths Week sections are the same as those in 2020.

  • Survivor Series/Kia Mōrehurehu. A series of in-class tasks at levels 1 – 5 for each day during Maths Week. Each day’s tasks has a theme (the same theme for all levels).
  • Maths Millionaire/Kaipāngarau Whai Rawa. Maths questions, with Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, Years 9 – 11 and family divisions. The questions for each day are based on a topic. This series has also been translated into te reo Māori.
  • The Maths Chaser/Whai Pāngarau. Maths questions at each of levels 2 – 5. An in-class activity. PowerPoint versions of these quizzes are also available.
  • Daily Dollar/Ko te Tāra o te Rā. Maths activities at each of levels 1 – 5.
  • Money Wise/Pūtea Mōhio. Questions to encourage financial capability (primarily for Years 9 – 11) for each day during Maths Week. The questions for each day have a theme.
  • Super Challenge/Kua takoto te Manuka. One mathematical challenge each day for four days. Those who answer all four correctly can get a certificate.
  • The Basket of Mathematics/Te kete o te Pāngarau (called Some Maths Matters in 2020). Five chapters on various mathematical topics. Primarily written for Years 9 – 11, but could be suitable for some in Years 7 and 8.
  • Games. Two interactive games.

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Bill Ellwood – obituary

billIt is with considerable sadness that we record the passing of Bill Ellwood on 30 June this year.  Bill wrote much of the material for Maths Week each year between 2006 and 2019.

Bill taught for many years in at Burnside High School in Christchurch.  He is a past President and life member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Canterbury Mathematical Association.  Bill co-authored several maths text books during his career and was the writer and editor of the Maths Digest for several years.

NZAMT acknowledges the major contribution that Bill made to Maths Week over many years, and extends deepest sympathy to his family.