P/1 are awesome!

comings and goings from the smaller end of the school

May 11, 2013
by malmsburyps

Maths – Lego style

This term we have been using Lego and Duplo blocks in our maths sessions.

We worked out that one square block is equal to one. The rectangle blocks are equal to two.  Each group of four is equal to one.  We built things and had to  work out what number they showed.  This picture shows the number seven.

The blocks helped us practise our counting.  It was hard at first.  We were given a number and we had to show that number using our blocks.  We learnt that we can rearrange the blocks and still show the same number.  We can stack three square blocks to show 3, or we can put a square block on a rectangle block and show 3 that way.

Can you work out what number this model shows?

What other maths ideas could we use building blocks for?

November 13, 2012
by malmsburyps

The Malmsbury Mind Cup versus the Kids

Melbourne has the race that stops the nation – the Melbourne Cup.
Soccer has the game that keeps the whole world up late – the World Cup.
Malmsbury Primary has the event that pits great thinkers against each other – the Malmsbury Mind Cup.

On Friday November 9th, the whole school gathered to compete in the first annual Malmsbury Mind Cup. Students challenged each other in chess, checkers, naughts and crosses and One, two! In our class we also played Chinese Checkers, Paddocks and giant Snakes and Ladders. Here is what Grade Prep/One had to say about the day…

It was fun doing the Malmsbury Cup because we got to play the big Snakes and Ladders game. I liked playing the biggest Snakes and Ladders in the whole world.
I liked the big Snakes and Ladders because you got a dice to play with.
We liked Checkers because it was a fun game. Noah and Brandan played together, it was the first time we played. Eliza and I played Checkers and I won the third and Eliza won the third game.
I think Checkers is the best game in the whole wide world.
I liked playing Pick Up Sticks because it was really fun picking up the sticks and trying not to move the other sticks.
I think it was fun playing Paddocks with Rosie because it was lots of fun. It was fun when we counted the Paddocks to see how many we had.
I think kids were playing board games well.
I liked the Malmsbury Mind Cup because it was fun.
I liked playing games with Brodie. We played Snakes and Ladders.
PLaying Paddocks was fun because you can make up lots of paddocks.
Chinese Checkers is the best game in the whole wide world because I love it.
I liked losing every single game.
The Malmsbury Mind Cup was fun because we got to play lots of games.

September 6, 2012
by malmsburyps

The Brain

This week we have been learning about the Nervous System.  We watched a movie on kidshealth.org and were amazed at how important the brain is.  Watch the movie here: http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=59295&cat_id=20607


Here are some of our thoughts and understandings about The Brain.

The brain helps you move. It helps you play different types of games. It helps us think. It helps us learn writing. It helps you remember stuff.  It helps you write. It helps you breathe. It helps you move in all sorts o ways.  It helps you talk.  It helps you read.  It helps you with your problems. The nervous system tells us things are cold or hot. It gets messages from our five senses. The messages go up to our brain along the spinal cord.

The nervous system is made of the brain and the spinal cord.  When we get a cut a message goes to our brain.

There are 100 billion nerve cells in the nervous system.

Do you know how messages travel from our brain to different parts of the body?

July 26, 2012
by malmsburyps
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Something interesting in maths today…

On Monday we did some Maths investigation. Here are some of the things we noticed.

I thought Eliza’s thing was really amazing.

I saw Ceanna doing a good job making a pattern on the abacus.

I saw Isha thinking about what pattern she might do on the abacus.

I saw Molly thinking about numbers

My patterns went up and down – Eliza

I tried to think about how I could make shapes and numbers with the tangrams. I was thinking about what shapes to use. -Rosie

I was working on the whiteboards and doing number patterns, writing where the numbers go. _Erin

I was working on the scale to make sure the weights were balancing and not balancing. – Molly

I was sorting out the numbers and practising counting up to big numbers. Brandan

My pattern (on the abacus) had gaps in the middle. – Ceanna

I was making patterns on the abacus. – Isha

I was making sure that the shapes fitted together with the tangrams. – Natalia


Here are some of the things we were doing:


July 19, 2012
by malmsburyps

The Double Fun

This week in Maths we have been doubling. We have been working out what doubling means. We have been thinking what doubling is and it is where you have two things that are the same, but they don’t have to be the same colour.  When you double ,it makes the number bigger. We did doubling with blocks and we were doubling into groups.

Some doubles that can work out are: 5 + 5 = 10   4 + 4 = 8   8 + 8 = 16    2 + 2 = 4   6 + 6 = 12   1 + 1 =  2   3 + 3 = 6   7 + 7 = 14

We are trying to work out what 9 + 9 equals.

We feel happy about doubles because it is good fun and we get to do lots of fun stuff with doubles. – Brandan

I am happy about doubles – Eliza and Natalie and Rosie

We can do different stuff when we double – Erin and Ceanna

I had fun when I did doubling – Molly.

I am bored of doubles – Harrison

I liked doubles becasue it was so fun – Jordan

I liked doubles because it is lots of fun – Blake

Maths is really, really, really fun. – Ella

I like doing maths – Isha.

Doubles are awesome! – Noah

You can spell words with double letters. – Zac


June 6, 2012
by malmsburyps

The Transit of Venus

Today something very special is happening in the sky – it is the Transit of Venus. We had two special visitors come to talk to us about it – Allan and Barbara Timcke.

Here is what we thought about the Transit of Venus BEFORE Allan and Barbara visited.


What does the ‘Transit of Venus’ mean?

Venus is coming near the Sun, touching the Sun.

Tells us it is a plant, like a Venus Fly trap.

It means that Venus comes around the Sun.

Every 700 years you get to see Venus travel around the Sun and today we get to see Venus move around the Sun. 

Venus is a planet. The planet is smaller than the Sun. 

What might I see?

We might see Mars.

We could see a dot in the sky.

We might see the Sun.

Might see the whole planet.

We might see inside the Sun.

We might see the flames on the Sun.

We might see the planet…Venus.

We might see a thing that is cold, a planet that is cold.

We might see stars through a telescope.

We might see something inside the Sun, like a pip.

How can we watch it?

We are going to watch it through a telescope.

We might need a special piece of glass to see Venus.

We might have to look through a glass like on the end of a telescope.

We can’t look at the Sun because we might get blind looking at it.

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