Using Mathematics


Primary 1 and 2 have been very busy learning about money. The topic was introduced by looking at different coins, their colours, designs, name and value. We then watched a short video clip which explained the importance of money and what it is used for.

The children then explored the topic through 5 carousel activities which required them to think about money in lots of different ways.


Activity 1 - Beebot

The children had to choose a coin for their partner and program the Beebot to find it.

Activity 2 - IWB 

The Primary 1 children had to count out the correct amount of pennies to buy the toy and Primary 2 children had to count how much money was in the piggy bank.

Activity 3 - Money Jars

In this activity the children had two tasks: 1) to count how much money was in each jar and write the correct amount and 2) place the correct number of coins in each jar as stated in the box below.

Activity 4 - Stampers

Each child had a sheet to complete which required them to use the stampers to put the coins in order, print a certain number of coins and make different amounts.

Activity 5 - Numicon

The children used the Numicon to make and match different coin values.


Data Handling

Primary 1 and 2 have been learning how to record information. We talked about how it can be very difficult to count and remember numbers so we need an easier way to do this. We decided to find out the colour of everyone's eyes in the class. It was easy to decide what colour they were, but trickier to work out how many there were of each colour so we used pictures to help us.

Everyone lined up behind the picture that matched their eye colour

and then we counted how many of each colour there were.

We all agreed that this was a good way to gather our information, but it was not the best way to record it, as the boys and girls could not stand there all day!! So we looked at how we could put all our data on to a type of graph called a pictogram.

Each pupil got a picture with their eye colour on it and added it to the pictogram.

This is our pictogram showing the eye colour of the pupils in the P1/2 class. We were able to easily see the number of pupils with blue, brown and green eyes. We also talked about which eye colour most/least pupils had and thought about statements such as 'More pupils had blue eyes than brown or green eyes.'

We repeated this process based on the pupil's favourite animal.

This time, the boys and girls recorded the information on their own pictogram.

Primary 1 Numeracy

Learning how to put Numicon in order.

Next, we had to put one stacker in each hole of every tile to develop our one-to-one correspondence.

Then we got to do it with conkers!

Beginning to learn about numbers.

Primary 2 Numeracy

Primary 2 have been learning how to add on 1, add on 2 and having a go at making their own calculations.



We began our topic of length by picking long and short items out of the magic jar.

Primary 1 learned that 'length' is the distance between 'here' and 'there'.

They had to choose objects and sort them into groups of 'long' and 'short'. Then one object was put in the centre and they had to decide if the other objects were 'longer than' or 'shorter than' it. 

Primary 2 explored 'long, longer, longest' and 'short, shorter, shortest'.

Everyone made patterns using different lengths of Cuisenaire rods.

Then they had to make a pattern for their partner to copy.


       Primary 1 beginning to explore Numicon

Primary 2 doing some revision work

and beginning work on doubles of numbers.

3D Shape

Primary 1 and 2 have been learning about 3D shape. They have been investigating shapes that roll and don't roll.

The P1s have been learning the names of 3D shapes and grouping them together.

P2s went on a shape hunt around the classroom and learned about sorting 3D shapes into shapes that are cylinders/not cylinders, cubes/not cubes.