We are learning about grid references [A1, B3, E5]. We will be looking at grids and working out their co-ordinates.  First we will look at Maths Dictionary for Kids – C for co-ordinates to see which letter or number comes first.  [Challenge question: which is the X and which is the Y axis?]

Then we will be learning how to play battleships with our partners.  When you have played a game with a partner, you can have a go at playing the on-line game below.

BATTLESHIPS – a game to check your grid references.    You need to call out the grid reference before you bomb it.  🙂


Please note that you may need to enable Flash Player for some of these games.  Find a logon that works or skip those games it it won’t work for you, and go on to the next post or game.

Today in Rotating Maths Groups we will continue learning about multiplication.  This is number 2. of times tables activities. Computer will be practising their multiplication skills doing these activities:



3.  GRAND PRIX (a bit of a challenge for your times tables)

Work hard and have fun learning how to multiply!


This morning you will be learning another strategy to do subtraction.  We will be counting on to take away by finding the DIFFERENCE between the two numbers using the empty number line.

  •  We will be playing a game called CONVICT COUNT ON to explain how this strategy works in a fun way.
  • You can have a go on your own later or at home to use the strategy online with this SUBTRACTION ON A NUMBER LINE activity.  You can change how big the numbers are that you have to subtract and you can actually see the jumps.

You can also watch a couple of videos I made of this lesson, using an Empty Numberline to count on and count back to subtract.  You can find it on Dolphinkids by following these instructions:

This makes subtraction SO EASY!  🙂

Let me know how you go.

Mrs Veary

Adding Two-digit Numbers

In Rotating Maths Groups today, with Teacher you will be working on NA10 – written strategies for addition.

When you need to add two digit numbers, sometimes you have to regroup to bridge ten.   This activity shows you how, using MABs.


Now you should be able to use this  (and remember our Cheat Sheet) or Tens Frames to solve any addition problems.   😆


We have been looking at Australian coins and discovering which animals are on which coins.  These websites give you a lot more information.  Explore and afterwards I would like each person to explain one interesting thing they found out.  Some of you might be able to create an I-book on Australian money for this inquiry using Book Creator on the ipads.  🙂

1.  AUSTRALIAN MINT – is where all Australian money is made.  Read about our money and see what is on each side of the coin.

2. KIDCYBER – is an easier place to read about what is on our coins.

3. AUSTRALIAN NOTES – is where you can learn about famous Australians who are on our money (bank notes).

Escher Lizard Tesselation and Christmas

Here are some photos of Escher’s Lizard tesselation, which you are going to put together today.


Notice how the colours change what you see in the finished product?


And later this week we will be using what we have learnt about tesselations to make some Christmas tesselations.  Have a look at these photos for inspiration.





Isn’t Maths just so cool?  Look at how much Maths is used in Art, and Engineering, and just about everything in life….!

Flipped Learning at Work!

IMG_6644 (Small)Students have been learning Maths by watching a video of the lesson before doing the worksheets with the teacher’s help.  IMG_6645 (Small)By flipping our learning like this, students get the time to rewind the video and practise and really understand the strategy before they meet with the teacher in a small group to use the strategy.

IMG_6646 (Small)This also allows the teacher to work more with each student and give helpful tips and support.

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IMG_6649 (Small)I was so proud of how you all worked this week in Rotating Maths Groups!  Give yourselves a pat on the back!   🙂 Mrs Veary