Fairytale Probability

On NZMaths there is a fabulous Fairytale tasks exploring the words we use to describe probability. The lesson uses the following Fairytales/ Legends:

  • Little Red Riding Hood

  • Maui

  • Cinderella

  • The Gingerbread Man

If you don't have these books at home, use Epic to search for the titles, verbally re-tell or use YouTube.

There is a pack for each fairytale (see Little Red Riding Hood, to the left). These can be accessed at this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Discuss each picture in the pack and whether you would find these objects in the story. Decide which heading it would go under e.g. an octopus 'won't' be in the story, a hedgehog 'might' be in the story.

The words included in the lesson include: always, perhaps, certain, possible, impossible, will, might, won’t, will, maybe, never, yes, maybe, no.

Fact Families

A fact family is a set of number sentences that contain the same three numbers.

For example:

7 + 3 = 10

3 + 7 = 10

10 - 7 = 3

10 - 3 = 7

Build your own addition and subtraction fact family houses. You may wish to use numbers to ten (like the example above) numbers to 20 (e.g., 15 + 5 = 20, 5 + 15 = 20, 20 - 15 = 5, 20 - 5 = 15), or use much larger numbers.

Shapes and Symbols in Flags

View these flags and think about the shapes and symbols you see. Now, get creative and design your own flag. You might like to think about including shapes and symbols from your own culture.

Who Sank the Boat?

Exploring the concept of Buoyancy

Using something from your recycling (check with your family first) make a boat and use various weighted objects such as coins or stones to see how many objects it would take to sink your boat.

Because buoyancy is a difficult concept for young children to grasp, hands-on activities can help to demonstrate this concept.

The bathtub or a sink is a great place to conduct such hands-on activities at home. Give your child different objects to “test out” in the tub. Many children believe that heavy objects sink and lighter objects float. Point out that some heavy objects like boats float, while lighter objects such as coins sink. Ask your child: “Why do you think this is so?” Then categorize your objects by whether they sink or float.

Have fun with your buoyancy experiments!

You can listen to Amber reading 'Who Sank the Boat' by Pamela Allen on our Stories page.

Toy Picnic

Gather your toys and do some maths! Watch the link starring some teddy bears at the beach. Do your own maths sums along the way.

Let's go fly a kite!

Click on the image to watch kites flying at the 2021 New Brighton Kite day. Make your own kite, click on this link for an idea of how to. decorate your kite with bold, geometrical patterns that can be seen high in the sky!

Fast Maths

Fast Maths Addition- give yourself a speed test! How quickly can you add two dice? Let us know how you get on.

Hit the Button

Practise your basic facts - can you beat the timer? Once you have entered the game, select Number Bonds. How many answers can you get correct?

Robot Monsters

In this task (from ), you are going to make robot monsters. There are heads, middles and lower parts to each robot (blue, yellow and green backgrounds).

"What is the tallest Robot Monster that you can make using one head, one body and one set of legs?

What is the shortest one you can make using one head, one body and one set of legs?

How tall would the Robot Monster be that was made from the three bits left over after you had made the tallest and the shortest?

How many Robot Monsters which are all different heights can you make with the nine pieces (all with one head, one body and one set of legs)?"

There is an online version, where you can move the pieces round, at the link above.

Sport Scores!

In a friendly game of basketball, you and your friends scored 20 points as a team. Each goal is worth one point. Who was on your team? How many points did each person score? Draw or write how you solved this and email a picture to your teacher. EXTRA CHALLENGE: Find a different answer to this problem.

Olympic Rings

Look at the Olympic rings. Can you make your own Olympic shape design? How will you link them together? Read more here.

Sandwich Maths

There are 24 slices of bread in a loaf. How many sandwiches could you make out of one loaf?

Extra for experts: If each sandwich was cut into four, (e.g. into quarters) how many pieces would there be altogether?

Maths Tasks

Check out some of the learning at home activities from NZ Maths. To access a larger version or see more, click here