Year 4 Maths Games Day

The Year 4 Statewide Maths Games Day was held at Lowther Hall on Thursday August 10, 2017.

Mackellar Primary School sent two teams of four students to participate in the event. These students included:


Mackellar Team 1 Mackellar Team 2
Michelle Sem (4F) Tuong – Vy Ho (4F)
Filip Momcilovic (4K) Kaan Kalinkara (4G)
Amir Koubar (4F) Ken Ho (4G)
Jason Tran (4G) Emily Natoli (4F)
Dylan Maybery (4F)

The Games Day offered students the opportunity to experience a new setting to complete novel and challenging maths tasks.

The day began with some warm up table problems to activate the students’ minds in preparation for the day.

The students then worked in teams to solve problem-solving tasks. With a time frame attached to this task the students needed to consider how much time they would devote to each question. Once all booklets were submitted for assessment the students continued to discuss the preferred strategies they adopted to solve the problems.

After a short break the students participated in two tasks. While one group of students were challenged through automatic response tasks, the other students showcased their creativity by constructing 3D objects using Geoshapes. The students’ minds were definitely stretched to the maximum as they completed as many automatic response questions as possible in a given timeframe.

In the final part of the day all students were actively participating in events across schools. Four separate tasks were provided to the students to challenge their critical thinking through mathematics.

During the breaks students were encouraged to develop friendships with each other.

The students returned to Mackellar feeling very proud of their achievements. It was such a pleasure to accompany these students on the day. These students were extremely well mannered and demonstrated great sportsmanship and collaboration as they supported each other during the activities.

Congratulations to all these students on a fabulous effort.

Fiona Clarke

Maths Coordinator



100 Days Of Learning @ Mackellar Primary School

Monday July 24, 2017 for Grade 1-6 students  & Tuesday July 25, 2017 for Prep students

100 days of Learning is all about celebrating the learning students have accomplished in the first 100 days of the school year. Typically celebrated within the first year of school, our students in Prep to Grade 2 decided to join in the event this year.

From the beginning of the school year, the students have been counting the number of days at school and the number of days to go until the celebration. Students have been extending their knowledge of numbers as they use the visual displays of tens frames in the classroom to record and track the number of days at school. They have been problem solving when calculating the numbers remaining to reach 100 days.

Monday began with the sharing of a creative ‘song’ about the number 100 at assembly by some students from Grade 4F. Following on from this the students in Grade 3B and P opened their rooms to showcase their CBL (Challenge Base Learning) work. Students showed confidence as they lead the sharing of their work via a digital platform and parents watched on in ‘awe’ as the students modelled how games can be used to share important facts.

Throughout the day, students were involved in many learning opportunities with a focus on 100. They were highly engaged in many varied and creative ways as they listened to different stories about the number 100, wrote about the number 100,created a display representing 100 different words, partitioned the number 100, represented 100 using tens frames and constructing models using different concrete materials.

The Grade 1.2 students wore crowns and necklaces they constructed on the day and enjoyed delicious treats such as cupcakes representing 100. It was lovely to hear the celebrations in the students voice as they all joined together in the hallway and counted to 100.

The Prep students excursion to the Zoo clashed with this event so they celebrated on the following day – Tuesday. APrepassembly was held and students shared examples of where the number 100 can be found in daily life. I was particularlyinterested when one of our prep students shared she had seen the number 100… ‘In my back pocket’ she replied. I thought this was handy to know in case I’m ever a little strapped for cash!!!!

An aerial photograph was also taken of the students as they created a visual display of the number 100 with their bodies on the oval.

Thank you to everyone who put all the time and effort into the planning and preparation of the day’s event. The best part of the day was that the students didn’t realise they were still learning – celebrating and learning together. The students were being curious, asking questions, seeking clarification, exploring and challenging themselves in an engaging and social environment.