Maths Through Stories – Dinosaur Deals

Story Summary

Dinosaur Deals by Stuart J Murphy

Mike and his little brother, Andy, are headed for the Dinosaur Card Trading Fair.  They’re ready to wheel and deal.  It’s, 4 Stegosaurus for 1 Triceratops, and 2 Triceratops for 1 Allosaurus.  But can they get what they really want: the tremendous, gigantic, ferocious, Tyrannosaurus Rex?  The maths concept of equivalency — understanding when values are equal — is introduced in this fast-paced story as two brothers try to beat the clock and make the ultimate trade.

Dinosaur Deals lesson plan

Dinosaur Deals Activity 2

First Level Recovery Programme

Please find video highlighting ‘First Level Recovery Programme’s’ rationale and content.  This  programme can be used for the teaching of pupils in  P2/3 and as a small group intervention for P3/4.

The carefully structured programme aims to raise the attainment of pupils– allowing them to  develop conceptual understanding in numeracy, develop  confidence and develop their numeracy learning skills.

There are five  Teaching Topics which  focus on four different aspects of Numeracy, drawing on research into the mathematics that causes the most difficulties for pupils namely:

  • The Number System
  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division

First Level Recovery Programme will be coming soon!

Nurture Principles Wee Blether – 6 August 2020

Due to the popularity of the national Nurture Wee Blether in June 2020, we will be hosting a Forth Valley and West Lothian Nurture Wee Blether on Thursday 6th August 2020, 3-4pm.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues across Forth Valley and West Lothian to get together and have a smaller, more in-depth conversation about Nurture Principles and how we can use them to support the return to school buildings for children and young people. The event will be hosted by Education Scotland and Ed Psychologists from across Forth Valley and West Lothian. We will be exploring the following questions in discussions:

  1. Environment offers a safe base:
    • How are we organising our learning environments to help support wellbeing in different areas of our school and classrooms?
    • What are we doing to promote psychological safety for our children, young people and school staff?

  2. Behaviour is a form of communication:
    • What behaviours do you think we will see that will show children are coping or not coping when they return to school buildings?
    • What can we do to support children who are showing their distress through their behaviour?

This event is about giving practitioners the opportunity to talk and explore their thoughts. It is informal and conversational in nature where participants share their knowledge and expertise around the themes being discussed. If you are interested in being involved, please follow this link to register:

There are a set number of places available so if interested please register as soon as possible. Registration closes 24 hours before the event starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email.

I look forward to seeing you there 
Kind regards
Jacqui Ward