Today's schools are barely recognisable to adults who went to school in a different era. Grandmother Denise Mills and education reporter Simon Collins spent two days in a Year 4 "modern learning space" to see just how different things really are. Today: maths.

Getting the right answer is no longer good enough in our primary school maths classes - you have to be able to explain the "strategy" that got you there.

About eight Year 4 students sat on the floor at The Gardens School in Manurewa as teacher Elizabeth Barrowman gave them maths problems to solve.

"52 + 12,"


How school has changed