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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title English and Mathematics 2
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
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    EDCR 131
    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 and Belinda Haig


    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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    AND one stream from
    B1 Monday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    B2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    B3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:20 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 09:00-10:20 29-35, 37-42
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