# Mathematics

**Mathematics** has an essential role in our everyday life. We apply mathematical knowledge and skills in most professions in the world. It is a powerful tool for understanding the world around us such as computers, aeronautics and navigations, philosophy and sciences, pharmaceutical and medical studies, business and economics, arts and architectural designs, trade industries, and much more. Solving mathematical problems is one of the best ways to nourish and improve our brain power. It develops our logical, analytical, critical and creative thinking and reasoning.

The **aims of teaching and learning Mathematics** at Hornby High School are to inspire, to enable and to support our ākonga to:

develop the knowledge and understanding, skills and perspective to pursue further studies in Mathematics.

develop abstract, critical and logical thinking to their work and apply to real-life situations.

enjoy the beauty of Mathematics and be able to creatively use the language, symbols and mathematical notations.

develop patience, persistence, confidence and strategies when solving mathematical problems.

**Kei hopu tōu ringa ki te aka taepa, engari kia mau ki te. aka matua.**

*Do not grasp the vine that hangs loose, but hold tight to. the parent vine, anchored firmly below to Papa the earth.*

"**Mathematics is about relationships and their connections.** The New Zealand Curriculum describes Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Probability and Statistics all wrapped around Problem Solving and Applications. The way number connects to measurement and geometry, algebra describes patterns and generalizations in all strands, and probability explores randomness and chance for making sense of data and fuzzy problems." (Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, 2020)

"* Nature is written in mathematical language*" (Galileo Galilei, 1564 -1642) and "

*" (Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955).*

**Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas**

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