Dinosaurs … a great way to build our numeracy skills

This term students in POD 1 will be working on building their numeracy skills of counting, measuring, graphing and sorting with dinosaurs.

I love dinosaurs. When I was little I used to imagine what it would be like to have  a dinosaur as a pet. Can you think of any problems this might cause?

I also like to sing so I thought I would share with you a cool dinosaur song. I hope you like it.


Discovery- Pod 1 Kitchen Bake Off

Today in Discovery Play we made ‘Jam Drops’ after Allysa went home and spoke to her family about different ways we could use our plum jam.

We searched on taste.com.au for a recipe and talked about

  • measuring with measuring cups
  • stirring
  • sifting
  • preheating
  • different temperatures
  • used adjectives to describe the feel and look of our work
  • and many other things.

We had great fun working as a team and enjoyed eating and sharing our biscuits!

We can’t wait to bake something for Easter next week!


Jam Drops

Look under our cooking link for the recipe.


Heads and legs

Today, Jeremy was investigating cows, choirs, ducks, giraffes and chickens that seemed to be hiding behind a fence.
He could only see the legs and had to work out what animals might be in the paddock.
Check out how Jeremy used the figures to solve the problem.
I wonder how many different solutions you could find with 4 heads?




Gotta’ whole lotta’ counting going on!

If you happen to pop into POD 1 you mind see a number of kids (not sure how many…how could we work that out?) counting all sorts of things. Even Mrs. Ellis got into the act and brought in some really interesting things from home that Mr. Ellis needed counted.

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People count in all different ways in different situations… sometimes we count by ones or twos and other times we count by bigger numbers. Continue reading

Halving a square

Today we investigated edges and corners of squares that had been halved.
The challenge was to work in groups of four to create different pictures where the edges had to be the same size. Check out our excellent work.






Back in POD 1 – I missed you guys!

This year I am back working and learning with the students and teachers in POD 1 and it is very exciting.

One of the most amazing things I hear nearly everyday is students saying how ‘great they are at maths and counting!’

I’ve been watching and talking with the kids as they play some math games and explore maths and this has to be one of my favourite games. Kebab maths is a quick game and as you can see in the video below, the kids are very good at both playing the game and explaining whole and parts of numbers.

What is your favourite maths game? Let me know by commenting below. You could do this at home or with your class mates.