Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Ara Rima in Hamilton have beaten hundreds of thousands of other students across Australia and New Zealand, coming first place in the annual Matific Games – a maths competition by online maths resource Matific.

TKKM o Te Ara Rima primary school was one of thousands of primary schools who took part in the Trans-Tasman competition and will share in the prize pool of over $50,000.

Seven New Zealand schools finished in the top 10, with Mission Heights Primary School and Kaniere School coming second and third.

Matific’s Education Expert, Brent Hughes (pictured here), says he’s delighted at the level of achievement seen by Kiwi kids again this year.

“Maths is still a source of anxiety for many students and mathematics education experts are all advocating for big changes to the way that we teach and engage children with maths.

“Our concept behind developing the Matific Games, was to help get more kids excited in maths by making it enjoyable and inviting, aiding to reduce kids’ maths anxiety but also to improve their math scores. It’s been fantastic to see more schools than ever across Australia and New Zealand get involved with the competition this year.

“Our aim with the games is to help improve students’ ability to master necessary topics, from addition and long division to fractions and primary level statistics. The importance of engaging students in mathematical experiences that go beyond simple calculations is crucial. It’s more about meaningful mathematical experiences that make students question, wonder and engage,” says Hughes.

Hughes, a former primary school maths teacher, says they’re seeing a real attitudinal shift for students regarding their approach to learning maths.

Teacher at winning school TKKM o Te Ara Rima, Denise Te Wake told Maori Television that she agreed they had seen a real change in children’s attitudes as they start to understand mathematics more.


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