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Woo hoo! What will you do with all these colourful 0 – 9 neon numbers? Duffy was inspired by art deco architectural design. He also wanted to create numbers that looked a little like jelly! Silly Duffy. Use these to create random numbers for your daily Mental Warm-ups. Add them to your worksheets. Challenge your students to create their own number activities. The world is waiting …



Whole School Planning is a unique feature of our website. Plenty there to help your schools’ Maths Improvement Team. In Term 3 we suggest you focus on revising Number : Multiplication and Division, Measurement : Mass and Geometry : Position. If you follow our suggested plans for Terms 1 – 4 you regularly revisit problems and challenges as well as check that your students are progressing well. Of course in your busy term you can’t do everything but at least you can touch base. Our suggestion for POSITION is to select a concept to explore with your class throughout the whole term. Not in a major but a minor way. You can create a special classroom display and integrate it into some home explorations too. Talk about some of the position language involved. The idea is that each class then prepares and presents a very short e.g. 3 minute, presentation at the Whole School Assembly in Week 10. That way every student gets to see/hear/feel  a wide range of Position concepts. You’ll find this suggestion summarised in the Term 3/4 column.

MATHS SESSION – MENTAL WARMUPS – 2-digit x 1-digit Multiplication Minute Masters

Fabulous, easy-to-use daily practice strips for when your students are ready to develop their own mental strategies for multiplying a 2-digit x 1-digit number. How soon before they are able to answer all 25 questions in each level in just 1 minute? Ready to go with all answers provided so you can focus on what you do best. Your students will be able to correct their own work together. Perfect for Stage 3 students in particular. Why not offer a special award at your school assembly to every student who reaches Level 6 with success? You’ll find these in the Grades 5/6/7 column.


How can you use this photograph of 3 limes to enhance your multiplication session with Stage 1 or 2 students? e.g. Grade 2: Copy and paste this photograph to create multiple groups of 3 on an A4 page then enlarge it to A3 as a poster. Use this for your daily counting by 3s. Or copy this page several times then cut out each group of 3 and store in a paper bag. Ask one student to empty it out, then put a group of 3 into a paper bag while they count by 3s aloud. Grades 3 & 4: Ask students to suggest a price for 3 limes. For example, 3 for $2. How many limes can you buy for $10? $20? How much juice is in 1 lime? 3 limes? 10 limes? How many limes will you need to squeeze to make 1 litre of lime juice? What else can you use this photograph for?


Mathematics is all around us. This danger sign warns you about both depth and width. What does this sign mean? What does it want you to do or not do? How do you know? Where might you find a sign like this in your suburb? How large a hole can you make before you might hit a cable? How far does this warning extend? Can you build a garden in the is area? Construct a shed? Can a council build a road in this area? Plenty to keep your students actively thinking.


When you work part-time you need to calculate how much time you spend working so you know how much money you will be paid. You can build a whole unit of work around our People Photographs, by asking your students to imagine how much each selected person might get paid per hour and when they might work during a week. The internet has plenty of examples so you can make your estimates quite realistic. We have one example of an activity for you here using the photograph for James the Barista – James’ Work Schedule.


We hope you are enjoying our wide range of calendars. For our August Calendar we have gone all green and gold. Calendars are a useful way to create a mental image of how time works over a longer period. Somehow your students need to make sense out of linking all the numbers, days and positions to help them think about the past, present and future. We’ve also included some sample questions to get you started. See The MATHS SESSION – Mental Warmups – TIME 10 Questions based on a Calendar Y34.


Another one of Duffy’s fantastic graphics of Australian Animals. Did you know the Red Kangaroo is the world’s largest marsupial? Or that it can jump at up to 56 kilometres in one hour? Or that it can leap 8 metres in a single bound? Or that they can jump up to 1.8 metres high (the height of a human adult)? The mass of an adult kangaroo is about 90 kg. Red kangaroos live in groups called mobs. Their babies are called joeys.

In 2000, over 1 million kangaroos were killed through accidents and also for commercial meat, including pet food.


Built way back in 1971, this glass square pyramid is home to the Sydney Tropical Centre, full of rainforest plants. This was about a decade before the famous Louvre Museum glass pyramid in Paris. It will later be knocked down and rebuilt as a $20 000 000 “Biome” structure, to be completed in 2015. How many different ways can your students find to construct a square pyramid?


Imagine all the place value warm-ups you can do with this photograph from Sydney harbour of a 5-digit number, 21872. If you re-arrange the digits, what is the largest number you can make? The smallest? The second largest? What are 2 numbers this one is between? 2 more? 2 more? What is 20 000 less than this number? What if I add 100 000? Is it odd or even? How do you know? If this was how many litres of water you have, how many tonnes is that? If this number was how much money you have in the bank, can you buy a car with this? If so, which one? How many 10s in this number? How many 1000s? How many in the hundreds place? What is 10 times larger than this number? 10 times smaller? 100 times smaller? What have we forgotten to ask????

GRAPHICS – DATA – Survey girl and boy

Did you know that Data concepts dominate a lot of our everyday life? Duffy has whipped you up another 2 useful students who are caught in the act of conducting a data survey.

You can see how we’ve used them in our Whole School Planning – Maths Improvement Plans – T2 Add Subtract Questions for Whole School Assessment. We used them again in our T2 Add Subtract Survey Results Proforma and Instructions. Both these resources help your Maths Improvement Team to collate valuable information about how your students react to addition and subtraction across the whole school. You can then use the results to inform your planning and programming. What are you waiting for?


The Great Egret lives for about 15 years, has an average mass of only 1 kg and a wingspan up to 1.7 m. It was almost wiped out at the end of the 19th century as its feathers were used to decorate ladies hats. It migrates south from the Northern Hemisphere during the colder months. Males and females look identical. They love to build their nests up high in trees that are at least 20 m tall.


Sixteen lovable monsters to tantalise and scare your Stage 1 (5 – 7 year old) students. See how we used some of them in our Measurement Activities – Monster Measures Y12. Or look at our Geometry – Position Activities – Possible Position Monsters F12. Why not create your own pattern activities? Or encourage your students to create a maths activity for another team to try to solve, using one or more of the monsters as their stimulus.


Eight lovable dogs to help your Stage 3 students add and subtract 3-digit decimals, compare and sort lengths, masses and ages. And plenty of chance to practice reading data on tables and charts. All the answers supplied so your students can work independently in small groups. Is Tillie shorter than Indigo? And if so, by how many centimetres? If Coco eats 0.32 kg of food each day, how much will she eat in a week? Which 2 dogs are closest in mass? How do you know?


Duff loves dogs … and he loves drawing them for you and your students. Here’s his Pointer (what other dog would you expect for a Position focus!!)  facing either left or right. Put it onto a set of cards for students to use in a direction activity. Throw a die and jump that many spaces to the left or right. Try using both the left and the right Pointer on a set of large cards. Ask your students to stand in a straight line. Reveal one of the cards and call out a number from 1-10. Everyone then jumps/hops/skips/walks that many spaces. What will you use these 2 dogs for in your classroom?

NUMBER – PLACE VALUE ACTIVITIES – 2 to 5-digit Checklists

Easy-to-use one page Place Value Checklists for recording your students’ understandings in 2, 3, 4, and 5-digit Place Value. Can they model numbers using MAB or an abacus? Record numbers on a number line? Rearrange digits to make the largest number? Mentally add 10. 100 or 1000 to a given number? Tell you the number 10 times larger or smaller than a given number?


From newborn to 2 years old. Imagine how these delightful kittens will help your Stage 2 (Grade 3/4) students add and subtract up to 4-digit numbers, compare and sort mass in grams and ages in years. Plus they’ll’ have plenty of practice reading data on charts and column graphs. Open-ended tasks, yet we supply detailed answer sheets to make your life easy! Is Max lighter than Oscar? Is Smokey older than Ginger? What are 3 statements you can make about this graph?


Multiple sets of problem-solving activities for Stage 2 (Grade 3/4) students. Your students will enjoy using position language to work out how a group of 4 dogs wait patiently in line for their dinner each day. There are also a few 6-dog challenges for your low block students. Is Eddie in front of Tillie? Is Indigo the last dog in line? All colour-coded for easy use in your classroom today. What are you waiting for?


Remember all those family nights playing Snakes and Ladders with your family? Now your Stage 1 (F/1/2) students can play this game with their friends too. A beautiful game board (you’ll find it in Maths Graphics – Position) that originated in ancient India. A brief historical summary for you to talk to your students about, plus a set of game instructions. All you need to add is a 0-6 die and a few coloured counters.

2D SHAPES – PHOTOGRAPHS – 5 new photographs from around the home

We love 2D Shape photographs – in fact we have more of these than any other maths theme in our resources. But we still can’t resist sharing these latest five 2D Shape photographs with you. Beautiful silver tesselated tiles and colourful rugs. Use them to inspire your students to create their own patterns. Or to photograph their own bathroom or kitchen floor and wall tiles and bring them in to share with the whole class. I wonder what you’ll discover there?