AoLE Mathematics and Numeracy
Examples of Mathematics and Numeracy at Pontlliw
  • 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 […]

  • Marvellous Measuring!

    The Year 2 children have worked on further developing their measuring skills this week, using metres, centimetres and decimetres. They worked well selecting the appropriate unit of measurement, made excellent estimations and recorded their results carefully when measuring their shoe size, heights, lengths of Christmas wrapping paper and objects around the classroom. The children were […]

  • Directions, Positions and Movement in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their understanding and use of positional, directional and movement vocabulary. They learned about full, quarter, half and three quarter turns, and showed a good understanding of clockwise and anticlockwise movements. Some of the children also enjoyed learning about compass points. The children then used the […]

  • Faraday Engineers

    Year 6 have had a very challenging day today. They became engineers for the day and had the fulfil a STEM workshop to design and make an aeroplane and a transporter. Each member of the group had a role and each group were given 140 Faradays to buy the materials to make the plane and […]

  • Let’s be Friends!

    nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]

  • Firework Problem Solving

    This week, the Year 2 children have enjoyed working on a number of problem solving activities linked to fireworks. They rotated around a number of activities, which included working on showing their workings when solving worded problems, using their 2 and 10 times tables to create fireworks using the Cuiseannaire rods, and further developing their […]

  • Pumpkin Investigation in Year 2

    This week, as part of our ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic, the year 2 children investigated pumpkins. They applied their estimating and measuring skills, looking at the height, weight and width of pumpkins. They also looked at the buoyancy of pumpkins and finally, they got very messy and counted how many seeds were in each pumpkin. […]

  • Shwmae!

    For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with. We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are. Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as […]

  • Super Shape Sorting

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their knowledge of properties of 2D shapes. They have been focusing on quadrilaterals, pentagons and hexagons, and comparing regular and irregular 2D shapes. Today the children applied their knowledge of shape properties and sorted shapes using Venn diagrams. The children selected their own criteria and […]

  • Amazing Addition

    We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1. One of our challenges this week was to rescue the superheroes! In order to rescue the superheroes, the children had to make a specific total. Each superhero had been locked up with a padlock containing a number and the children had to find the corresponding […]

  • Super Problem Solving Skills

    Year 2s have further developed their super problem solving skills this week. They improved their understanding of the problem solving steps, and enjoyed trying the ‘make it simpler’ strategy when working on the focus activities.

  • Learning About Shapes.

    The nursery children have been really busy learning all about 2D shapes. They looked for shapes hidden in the sand and in shaving foam, and they cut shapes out of playdough. They participated in a range of different shape activities and looked for different shapes in the Lego. They printed with shapes to make a […]

  • A Cool Carousel

    For the last lesson over the past 3 afternoons, Year 5 have been rotating around 3 tasks. Task 1 – Learn all about the Digestive System – led by Mr Stonham Task 2 – Estimate the size of a Celtic roundhouse – led by Aimee Task 3 – Independent drawing and labelling of inside and […]

  • Databases Galore!

    Year 5 have increase their knowledge of databases greatly today with the various activities we have undertaken . This morning, we analysed a database of over 800 Pokemon. Children started classifying the data with one search term, but soon were able to add 3 or more search criteria to find specific Pokemon on the list […]

  • We are off to Techniquest!

    Reception are on their way… Bags packed and we are all ready for our adventure. We can’t wait to have some fun today learning ‘all about me’.

  • Clever counting in Year 1

    In maths, we have been practising our counting skills and matching objects/pictures to a number. We have played lots of different superhero games to support this. Great work Year 1.

  • Clever Counting.

    Reception have had a visitor! Perfect Peter the Pirate made an appearance to help the Reception count and order their numbers to 10. The naughty pirate had stolen the numbers from the number line and the children had to work out the missing digits. Luckily Reception were able to help and found their numbers in […]

  • Fitness Data Collection

    Because the Year 6 pupils were looking a little too relaxed after their Summer holidays, pupils decided to assess their fitness levels; they took part in a variety of 10 activities over a minute, repeating 3 times. Pupils then calculated the total and worked out the mean. During the afternoon, pupils will coll ct data […]