AoLE Mathematics and Numeracy
Examples of Mathematics and Numeracy at Pontlliw
  • Super shapes

    We have been learning all about shape this week in maths. We have been busy exploring and finding different shapes in our environment. We have played lots of different games and we have tried to make our own 3D shapes using playdough.

  • Investigating 2D Shapes

    The Year 2 children have been investigating the properties of 2D shapes this week. They learned about quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons. We investigated lines of symmetry and started learning about right angles. The children then moved on to using Carroll and Venn diagrams to sort regular and irregular shapes. The boys and girls have […]

  • Triangles!

    We looked at the different types of triangles that we could identify in Year 5 this morning. We learnt that there are: Equilateral Scalene Isosceles Right angled Triangles   We also learnt that the angles of any triangle add up to 180 degrees. The children learnt novel ways on how to remember this information including […]

  • Coding with our Bee-Bots!

    This week reception pupils have enjoyed learning about coding! Pupils programmed their bee-bots to move along our ‘bear hunt’ map to reach their destination. Pupils had to use their numeracy skills to count how many squares were needed to reach each point on our map. 

  • Super Problem Solving Skills!

    This week the year 2s have been working on lots of practical problem solving activities. We discussed the problem solving steps, and focused on the ‘make it simpler’ strategy. The children were able to see how organising, grouping and counting in different steps can help us to solve various problems. Gwaith da, blwyddyn 2!

  • Learning about our bodies!

    Reception have really enjoyed learning all about the human skeleton this week and the different parts of the body! They particularly enjoyed creating their own skeletons.

  • Learning outdoors!

    Reception have had a fantastic time going on an outdoor letter hunt and learning to group objects using outdoor resources!

  • Learning About Number 3

    The nursery children have been learning all about our special number of the week; number 3. They practised the correct formation and participated in a range of number 3 themed activities. Gwaith da nursery. Well done.

  • Brilliant bonds

    We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1 this week and we have taken part in a variety of different activities. Our Superheroes needed rescuing and we had to match the correct key to the padlock to unlock them. Each key had a number on it and the corresponding number bond was on […]

  • Learning About Number 2

    The  nursery children have had lots of fun learning all about the number 2. They looked for the number 2 in shaving foam, practised the correct formation on the whiteboard, made numbers with multilink cubes and carried out other number 2 activities with the grown ups. Well done nursery! Gwaith da!

  • Problem? We can solve it!

    Year 6 are defectives at solving problems and absolutely smashed this problem in record time. Each child used a stretegy that worked for them and experimented in a variety of ways to record their answers: practical, act it out, draw it, creare a stop motion animation and uploaded their evidence to their Hwb accounts! Pure […]

  • Brilliant Bonds!

    This week the Year 2s have been super busy working on using bonds to 10 to work out bonds to 20 and 100. They used addition and subtraction skills in a variety of activities,and their mental recall of the various number bonds has really improved. The children could see patterns in their work and enjoyed […]

  • Estimating and checking

    Year 5 out their maths skills to the test this afternoon by estimating a diameter of 5 meters. This as the average size of a Celtic round house. Once they had finished estimating, they measured exactly to see how close they were. We learnt that the centre of the circle to the edge is called […]

  • Cool counting in Year 1

    We have been practising our number skills in maths this week. We have been counting lots of different superheroes and we even counted cheerios in order to find out how tall some of our superheroes are. We have also been reading and recognising different numbers and ordering numbers too.

  • Developing Numeracy with Numicon

    Today, Year 6 explored the use of Numicon to help develop their visualization skills to actually see what sums look like, in particular, place value and multiplication. In the next couple of week we will be further developing the use of Numicon to help us understand the world on number and application.

  • Eager Entrepreneurs

    There is much debate right now about enterprise education in schools. It is clear we need to find time in the school day to teach children about how wealth is created and how good ideas can be turned into businesses. In particular, we need to teach them how to think in an entrepreneurial way. The […]

  • Big, Bigger, Biggest!

    In Nursery we have been learning how to sort objects by size. The challenge was to put the dinosaurs in order of biggest to smallest. We then discussed the dinosaurs using the words, big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller and smallest.

  • Mr Stonham is mean!

    Year 5 have looked at averages this morning and started with ‘Mean’. We learnt that it is the meanest of all averages as you have to add up all the data and then divide by the number of pieces of data that are present. For example if you took a sample of shoe sizes: 2,5,6,2,4,7,2,4 […]

  • Worded Problems in Year 2

    This morning the Year 2 children enjoyed solving worded problems. They read very carefully and discussed the language in the questions, deciding whether they needed to add or subtract to find the answers. Super work Year 2!

  • Problem Solving in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been working hard on lots of problem solving skills. They did really well working systematically and showed their workings clearly. Super work, Year 2!

  • Ladybird Addition.

    Who thought a ladybird could be so useful… Reception found out this week. Our Maths this week has been adding 2 amounts, but we had to check our number recognition first. We chose a number stone and hunted around to find items to count. Then came the tricky part… we added the sides together! We […]

  • Year 3 Super Symmetry!

    This week for maths, the Year 3’s have been investigating symmetry in a range of 2D shapes. They have enjoyed the challenge of these tasks and in particular creating their own symmetrical shapes. Well done boys and girls!

  • Super subtraction

    We have been learning about ‘taking away’ in our maths this week. We played a very competitive game of skittles where we used our subtraction skills to work out our scores. We also played bingo, used the IPads to pay a subtraction game and have taken part in lots of subtraction challenges together.

  • Multiplication Monsters!

    The Year 2s enjoyed investigating multiples of 2, 5 and 10 today using monsters with various amounts of legs. Some of the children even moved on to multiples of 3 and 4! Later this week we will look at the relationship between multiplication and division. Gwaith gwych, Blwyddyn 2!

  • ….And We’re Done!!!!

    The Year 2s have worked so hard this week with their first ever National Tests. They all tried so hard and we are incredibly proud of them all. The boys and girls are looking forward to a treat this afternoon as a ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done’ for working their socks off.

  • Counting up to 100.

    This weeks challenge is to count up to 100! Can you do it? Reception have been looking at different ways of counting amounts up to 100, trying to group items and make it easier. We have used links, and Numicon to help us. By Friday we shall be experts……. Take a look!

  • Dinosaur Counting

    The nursery children have been busy developing their numeracy skills today. They had to roll a dice, identify the number and match the corresponding number of dinosaurs. Excellent counting boys and girls! They also practised their number formation on the interactive whiteboard. Then they enjoyed a lovely game of dinosaur dominos.

  • Counting money in Year 1

    Year 1 have been exploring money this week…

  • Year 3 Investigate Shadows

    The children have been busy the past two weeks investigating shadows. The question we were investigating was ‘What happens to the size of a shadow as you move the light source away from an object?’ We had a mixture of interesting predictions with some children thinking the shadow would get bigger and some predicting that […]

  • KNex robots and Sphero coding

    Year 4 finished their robots and attached their lights and buzzers. They made some fantastic creations! This afternoon, they have been learning to code and trouble shoot using Sphero robots. They then had a challenge to try to drive it around a road layout map. Da iawn blwyddyn pedwar!

  • Circuitry with XL Wales

    Year 4 have been practising making parallel and series circuits with switches in preparation for making robots with lights and sounds. They now have to create a robot using KNex which has to include their circuitry!

  • Solar Systems Specialists

    Our Numeracy challenge today was to draw our solar system on the yard, drawn to scale: cm = a million miles. The children faced the challenge and worked well as a team.

  • Measuring Capacity

    The Year 2s have enjoyed learning about capacity. They worked really hard estimating and measuring various containers using ml and l, and recorded their findings using a table.

  • Wonderful Weighing Skills in Year 2!

    This week the Year 2s have enjoyed further developing their understanding of weight using grams and kilograms. They worked brilliantly when weighing a variety of food items, and showed super understanding when challenged to read a variety of different scales using iPad and PC games.

  • Tall Towers.

    The nursery have been learning about tall and short, big and small, so they decided to see if they could build some tall towers. Just look how tall they are! Good work boys and girls!

  • Capacity

    We have been learning about capacity. We have been using different containers to explore different volumes and we were surprised by some of our results!

  • 1D You’ve Got Competition!

    Today’s Google Doodle was to compose music along side Johann Sebastian Bach, forming chords and harmonising. Pupils love of music has gone from strength to strength as we have been studying a different artist every week since September.

  • Counting With Penguins.

    As we have been learning all about penguins, the nursery children thought they’d use penguins to help them learn to count. First they had to identify the number on the number fan, then they had to match the correct number of penguins to the number on the number fan. Well done nursery! Gwaith da!

  • Concentration was on point!

    In maths this week, year 6 are calculating: Range Mode Median And mean. Pupils will complete activities such as: throwing a tennis 🎾 ball 6 times in a minute then calculated the range, mode, mean and median. Linking to our science experiment, pupils will make and throw 3 paper planes 5 times, calculating the above […]

  • Real Life Money 💰💶💵

    Our maths focus in Year 5 this week has been money in real life situations. On Monday we looked at budgeting, overdrafts and paying with cash or credit cards. On Tuesday we concentrated on different types of bank accounts such as savings and current accounts. On Wednesday we looked at bank statements and how to […]

  • We’re Going On A Shape Hunt!

    This week, the Year 2 children have been investigating properties of 3D shapes. They looked at the number of faces, vertices and edges of 3D shapes. They also learned complex new vocabulary, such as hemisphere, square-based pyramid and triangular prism! Today, the children applied their learning by going on a 3D shape hunt… with a […]

  • Feeling the Love in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children were feeling the love, as they completed lots of Valentine’s Day themed activities. We started off by listening to and discussing the story of St. Valentine. The children then used their speaking and listening skills well, participating in group discussions about how to be a good or bad friends. They […]

  • Year 3 Techniquest Trip

    What an amazing time we all had at Techniquest today. As soon as we arrived, the children were eager to explore all of the interactive exhibits – and they weren’t disappointed. They began by watching an interactive show called ‘The Adventures of Dr. Isosceles’. Throughout the show they had to solve problems with Dr. Isoceles to […]

  • Year 3 Capacity

    This week, the children have enjoyed developing their understanding of capacity. They have taken part in a variety of activities which have included estimating, measuring, comparing and recording different capacities in millilitres and litres. Awesome work boys and girls!

  • Ordinal numbers

    We have been learning about ordinal numbers in our maths. The children were especially shocked to learn that a delicacy in France is frogs legs, so we had a frog race, recording which frogs managed to escape and come 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. We also read the book ’10 little rubber ducks’ by Eric Carle […]

  • Super shapes

    We have been learning about shape this week. We have played games, made shapes and hidden shapes. We even went on a shape hunt outdoors where we had to solve riddles about different shapes and then check our answers using QR codes on the Ipad.

  • Investigating 2s, 5s and 10s in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been investigating multiples of 2, 5 and 10. They have undertaken lots of fun activities, including singing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables songs, completing sequences of numbers, investigating jumps made by different size kangaroos, counting groups of coins and investigating different ways of making totals. Gwaith […]

  • Jelly Bean Problem Solving

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited to find that one of Santa’s elves had set them a problem. The children needed to work together to sort the mixed up jelly beans. However, it wasn’t as easy as they first thought! They children grouped the sweets, using their welsh colour vocabulary with confidence. They […]

  • Circles!

    The nursery children have been learning all about circles so we decided to make circular food. Last week we toasted bagels and this week we made apple slices topped with cream cheese and sprinkles. Delicious!

  • Magical Maths Team!

    Congratulations to our ‘Maths Magic’ team, who took part in our cluster Maths event in Pontardulais Comprehensive. Each team played their heart out, and showed that Pontlliw has great Mathematical skills. All of our year groups showed great team spirit and encouraged each other to do best they could. Our Year 5/6 team got though […]