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This wiki is being produced by Lynne Bell, who is currently AP at Winton School in Southland, New Zealand.
It will grow and change as time allows!

'Mad Maths Minute' is a basic facts programme written by Lynne for the Year 1-3 students at Winton School. It is a mastery learning programme and is based on the New Zealand Number Framework, stages 1-5. (See table below) The wiki page supports the classroom implementation of the programme.

Students can use the 'Mad Maths Minute' page of the wiki to practise their current 'Mad Maths Minute' skill in preparation for their weekly progress check.

The 'My Maths Stage' page allows students to learn the skills and knowledge appropriate to their age and rate of progress in early numeracy.
If you are not sure what stage your child is working at please look at the chart below or contact your child's class teacher, who will be pleased to help you.

The 'Teacher Hot Spot' page is a collection of engaging and relevant sites for teachers to use at the start of numeracy lessons.

The 'Teacher Professional Development' page has just been added and is a collection of links and resources to help teachers grow their skills as teachers of early numeracy.

Lynne hopes this wiki enables children to spend enjoyable time mastering basic maths skills both at home and at school. It is also intended to make life easier for busy teachers.


The following table describes the key features of each strategy stage of the New Zealand Number Framework.

Stage 0: Emergent
The student is unable to consistently count a given number of objects because they lack knowledge of counting sequences and/or one-to-one correspondence.
Stage 1: One-to-one counting
The student is able to count a set of objects or form sets of objects but cannot solve problems that involve joining and separating sets.
Stage 2: Counting from one on materials
The student is able to count a set of objects or form sets of objects to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.

The student solves problems by counting all the objects.
Stage 3: Counting from one by imaging
The student is able to visualise sets of objects to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.

The student solves problems by counting all the objects.
Stage 4: Advanced counting
The student uses counting on or counting back to solve simple addition or subtraction tasks.
Stage 5: Early additive part-whole
The student uses a limited range of mental strategies to estimate answers and solve addition or subtraction problems. These strategies involve deriving the answer from known basic facts (for example doubles, fives, making tens).
More information on the Number Framework and how you can help your child can be found at

Expectations for Number

The New Zealand Curriculum and the Mathematics Standards

The shaded parts of the diagram in the expectations indicate the expected levels of achievement for number in The New Zealand Curriculum, The Number Framework from the Numeracy Development Projects and the Mathematics Standards for students in years 1 to 8. The diagram also illustrates the close alignment between standards, stages and curriculum levels.
For example:
Expectations for after two years.
Expectations for after two years.

The expectation is that by the end of the year, or time at school for the first three years, students will be working within the standard, stage, or level indicated by the shaded part of the diagram. This does not mean that the student has mastered all objectives or parts, but it does mean they can successfully complete problems or tasks that demonstrate they “know and are able to do” work within the standard or stage or level.

These expectations apply to the three operational domains of The Number Framework ‐ Strategies: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and proportions and ratios. The standard or stage or level for each of the three domains for each student needs to be known. This information is used in making an overall teacher judgment in relation to the Mathematics Standards.

How to help children learn basic facts video clip- very useful!