What is mathematics and statistics about?

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engari kia mau ki te aka matua.

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related but different ways of thinking and of solving problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining, and making sense of the world in which they live.

Mathematicians and statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations. These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental, and economic contexts.

As a way to enrich your child's learning, please take a look at these websites. The Ministry of Education has built a series of resources to assist parents support their child's learning. These resources are in English and fourteen other languages.

Children learn more when their parents and whanau are interested and involved.

There are many things we can do to support our children’s learning in mathematics by using the everyday experiences and resources that we find around the home.