Mathematics


The Department

We love maths!  We are a department made up of teachers with a passion for our subject.  We love it and love getting that enthusiasm across to our students.  This is done through a range of activities, from traditional classwork through to group activities, hands-on tasks, use of technology such as Kahoot and competitions.  

Whether you have a passion for Pythagoras or an interest in integration, we will take that enthusiasm and nurture it further.  We even pride ourselves on being able to convince the more sceptical students that maths can be accessible and even interesting!

We strongly believe that gaining even basic skills in Maths is a necessary skill to success, no matter what the pursuits of our students are.  

We are ready to help all of our students achieve well, whether that is in the form of supporting our students who find maths challenging and need extra help in reaching their goals, or supporting our very talented mathematicians and providing the scope in which they can achieve at the highest level.

The Curriculum

Mathematics is compulsory for all students in years 9 – 11.  The vast majority of our students also choose to continue their mathematics through years 12 and 13 in Statistics, Calculus or both.

In years 9 and 10, students follow the Junior Mathematics curriculum which is pitched at levels 4-6 of the New Zealand curriculum.  Students are taught through units of work and with varying styles to cover all aspects of the curriculum.  

These are taught under the umbrellas of Number, Algebra, Measurement, Statistics & Probability and Shape & Space.  Our junior curriculum helps students gain a firm basis in Mathematics, building on the knowledge they bring with them, for all students to be able to see significant progress whilst at Westlake Boys High School.

In year 11 students begin their NCEA level 1 qualification.  In order to pass level 1, all students are required to gain 10 credits in numeracy standards.  The vast majority of students at Westlake Boys High School achieve many more than this and are well prepared to continue with Mathematics studies in year 12 in either Statistics or Calculus.  A number of students also choose to pursue both branches of Mathematics.


Mathematics at Westlake Boys High School

For information about each course at each year level, please follow the link to the portal:
Mathematics Learning Area