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Plimmerton, Porirua 5026

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Mana, Porirua 5247

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Mathematics at Plimmerton School

Home Learning Support

Here are some ideas to support the learning of mathematics strategies for students in  years 1-8. These may be helpful for you to support your child at home. Most strategies have a learning goal, an example and a video.

Level 1 - Stages 1 - 4      (Generally Years 1 and 2)

Stage Emergent

I am learning to count forwards and backwards to 10

Counting Song 1-10 

Counting back from 10


Stage One: One-to-One Counting 

I am able to count or make a set of objects.

One to one counting

Learn to Count: Counting Using One to One Correspondence

Teaching the One-to-One Counting Principle

Stage Two: Counting from One on Materials 

I am able to solve simple addition and subtraction problems by counting all the objects, using materials.

Example: 5 + 4 as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

Addition - counting all from one


I am able to solve multiplication and division problems by counting one-to-one with the help of materials.

Example: 2 x 6 as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Multiplication by counting objects - skip counting

I am able to divide a set of objects into equal groups or a shape into equal parts using materials.

How to Share Equally - Introduction to Division.

Wholes, Quarters and halves

Stage Three: Counting from One by Imaging  

I am able to count all of the objects in simple addition, subtraction and multiplication problems in my head.

Example: “8 + 5 as, I counted in my head like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13”.

Example: “4 x 2 = I counted in my head like this 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8”

Stage 4: Advanced Counting (Counting On) 

I am able to count on from the biggest number to solve addition problems. 

Example: “8 + 5 = I thought of 8, and then 9, 10, 11, 12, 13”

Counting on from the biggest number

Counting On Song

Adding to 20 (Counting On)


I am able to count back from the biggest number to solve subtraction problems

Example: 52 - 4 is  “I thought of 52, and then 51, 50, 49, 48

Subtraction by counting back 


I am able to solve addition and subtraction problems by counting in 10’s. Example: “13 + 40 is, I thought of 13 in my head, and counted 23, 33, 43, 53”

Counting in tens 


I am able to skip count to solve simple multiplication problems.

Example: “4 x 5 = 5, 10, 15, 20”

Solve multiplication problems using skip counting

Skip counting to solve multiplication and division

I am able to divide a set of objects into equal groups or a shape into equal parts with or without materials.

Example: “½ of 8”