Garden Construction and Authentic Mathematics Moments

We are eager to get the courtyard construction project up and running and would love your support. If you are able to spare some time or donate materials it would be very much appreciated.

At this stage we would like to welcome parents to join us to help with jobs including turning soil and cleaning out large pots in preparation for planting (please check the board for upcoming times).

*Please ensure you have a current working with children’s card (there must be a copy kept at the office) and sign up on the Daily Documentation Board.

We understand that many parents work full time and as such are unable to help during the day  with our Courtyard Construction. If you would like to contribute in a different way here is a list of items that we will need:

  • Gardening gloves (child size)
  • Disposable masks
  • Potting mix and soil
  • Pavers, bricks (anything that could be used to construct a pathway)
  • Gardening tools (to be borrowed or donated)
  • Plants/seedlings (that will thrive in shade/part sun) *ideally natives
  • Plants/seedlings (for large pots) *herbs/colourful flowers
  • Terracotta pots
  • Cement mix

Opportunities for Authentic Mathematics

This term we have chosen to focus many of our morning provocations on exploring authentic moments of mathematics. We will continue to provide materials and opportunities for children to engage in mathematical thinking. This may include measurement, shapes, number and calculations.

Our garden project is providing a unique and meaningful way for children to practice and apply mathematical skills. Thus far children have been measuring the garden bed, counting plants and using shape to design pathways.

You can help at home by drawing attention to numbers in the real world and ways that you use maths in your daily lives. Dice and card games are also a great way to engage children’s interest in number (e.g. Go Fish, Memory, Uno, Snakes and Ladders, Dominoes). Another way you can support your child mathematical learning at home would be to find authentic opportunities to read and record numbers (e.g. shopping list, recording important phone numbers, travel plans, house numbers in your street, speedometer in car, counting and recording steps to school, sharing your fit-bit step count).