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EDCR231 English and Mathematics 2

Explores approaches to learning and teaching English, and mathematics and statistics. Explores effective pedagogies that reflect the aims and approaches of English, and mathematics and statistics in The New Zealand Curriculum.

Nau mai, haere mai. This paper focuses on English and Mathematics in the New Zealand curriculum and how it applies to primary school students. Theories and research related to effective teaching and assessment in English and Mathematics are explored. Following on from EDCR131, students will continue to grow as English and Mathematics teachers in terms of their own relationships with literacy and mathematics, and their English and Mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge.

Paper title English and Mathematics 2
Paper code EDCR231
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
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EDCR 131, ELIT 199 and EMAT 199
Limited to
Primary Education and Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) students only

Pre requisite EDCR 131


Andrea Robertson and Belinda Haig

Teaching staff


Andrea Robertson, Belinda Haig and Maria Kewene-Edwards


Julie Mynes and Alli McKenzie

Paper Structure


Approaches to teaching

  • Shared and guided approaches in teaching reading and writing
  • Strategies for comprehending fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Critical literacy

Theory and research

  • Current debates and issues in literacy teaching methods
  • Curriculum critique

Learning progressions in English

  • Progressions in speaking, reading and writing
  • Progressions in text complexity of oral and written texts

Planning for and reflecting on teaching

  • Planning reading, and writing lessons to guide children's learning
  • Assessing learning and evaluating teaching
  • Monitoring reading (including running records) and written language
  • Recognition of stages in learners’ development


Mathematics and Statistics

Approaches to teaching

  • Students’ relationships with mathematics
  • Problem-solving and investigative processes

Theory and research

  • Theories of teaching and learning, including effective pedagogy in mathematics
  • Ways of working in the classroom

Learning progressions in Mathematics

  • Progressions in Measurement

Learning about planning

  • Writing key mathematical ideas
  • Writing specific learning outcomes
  • Structuring a linked lesson

Jorgenson, R., Dole, S., & Wright, R. J. (2011). Teaching mathematics in primary schools (2nd ed). Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Ministry of Education. (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum Wellington: Learning Media.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  1. Articulate a developing understanding of English and Mathematics in the New Zealand curriculum.
  2. Apply a range of theoretical and research based approaches to effective teaching and learning.
  3. Use assessment to identify the needs of children in relation to learning frameworks.
  4. Articulate an understanding and use the literacy and mathematical progressions as embedded in the NZ Curriculum.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills of te reo Māori and te ao Māori within English and Mathematics learning areas.
  6. Plan teaching/linked lessons for the diverse range of primary school students that reflect the aims and approaches of English and  Mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
B2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:20 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-10:20 28-34, 36-41