How Many Legs?

We have been busy doing lots of Maths in school and because we love stories so much our teachers have been looking at the best stories so we can do Maths and stories together. We’ve also been learning about the different animals we’ve currently got in our classroom (tadpoles and caterpillars) so it fitted in perfectly when we found this story….



We loved reading the story and starting to work out how many legs the animals had on their own and together. We started to draw them and write the numbers so we could remember.


We talked about how to record the calculation when we added more than one animal together. We also talked about how you can correct your recording if you get it wrong first time.



Then we looked at checking our calculations by jumping on a number line.

Some of us practised counting how many legs were on the animals when they were stood by themselves. We had to find the number and write it in our books. Miss Parker gave us some extra challenges as well, such as, what is one more?


Some of us added two of the animals together and had to record the calculation to show how many legs altogether. This was a bit trickier but we could count the legs together and as one group.


Some of us were given a problem to solve such as can you find me a total of 6 legs? Or can you find me a total of 10 legs.  We had to count the legs until we found two animals which had that total of legs. After that we had to record it in our books as a calculation. We had to find all the ways to find a given number of legs, such as how many ways can you make 8 legs? 


Some of us were given a harder problem and had to find a way of making the total with 3 animals.


Miss Parker then left the animals out in the classroom for us to use if we wanted too.


What have we been learning?

  • to count how many legs on each animal. 
  • to count groups of objects altogether.
  • to solve problems using objects to help us. 
  • to record calculations using + and =. 
  • to look for the maths in a story. 


How how can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for any Maths in stories you read together. There are lots of examples, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- number of objects, one more fruit, patterns looking at the symmetrical butterfly. 
  • Count two groups of objects together, such as, how many strawberries have I got? How many have you got? How many have we got altogether? 
  • Solve different Maths problems together at home, such as I’ve got 2 plates out for dinner, how many more do I need for everyone to have one?


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