The great thing about Sigma workbooks is that the content has been selected to specifically relate to New Zealand places and examples to give real-life relevance and make them come alive for the students.
Sigma books make study relevant to the student’s world.
We are New Zealanders! We need to embrace the differences that make us unique and therefore our children need to constantly see their society reflected in the material they study at school. This belief has always been at the heart of the educational resources Sigma Publications has produced for the last twenty years.
Wherever possible Sigma has instructed its authors to use New Zealand content, both in English and Mathematics workbooks. Let me give you some examples of this policy. Let’s look at the new single achievement standard workbooks Sigma has just published for NCEA Level 1.
NCEA English Workbook AS 1.3 ‘Unfamiliar Texts’ asks students to examine and comment on texts they have not seen before. Author Susan Batty has used the following texts for this purpose :
- a story about the New Zealand America’s Cup challenge in San Diego in 1995
- an article in the NZ Hearld about how schools can do their bit to fight crime
- another Hearld article praising Lydia Ko’s golfing achievements
- and finally two pieces of poetry from resident New Zealand poets Glenn Colquhoun and Albert Wendt
In NCEA Stats Workbook AS 1.10 ‘Multivariate Data’ the author Wiesje Geldof has used the following material as a focus for the students' study of statistics :
- houses sold in Wellington
- speeding drivers in Canterbury
- school athletic results
- baby’s birth weight at National Women’s Hospital
- kiwifruit circumferences
- pipi shell sizes and
- a New Zealand survey of smokers
From the above information you can see how almost all the material in Sigma workbooks that students use to practise their skills is familiar to them. They have heard of it, been there, know someone who lives there or was involved. This is their country we are talking about and these skills are being applied to things they know about.