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Hickory Dickory Dock

This year’s poster for lower primary focusses on the theme of time incorporating the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. There is a lot of maths embedded within this poster. The numbers 1-10 have each been represented in the picture. See can you find all the representations before checking below for the answers.


Use the questions below as guide to promote mathematical thinking with your children:

  • What can you see in the picture?
  • What maths can you see in the picture? Talk to your partner about what you both can see.
  • What time of day do you think it is? Why?
  • What season do you think it is? Why?
  • What month do you know it is? Why?
  • What shapes can you see? Are the 2-D or 3-D shapes?
  • I can see four of something in the picture – what might I be looking at?
  • Can you see six of anything? What?
  • Can you see a pattern anywhere? Describe it. What other patterns could you make?
  • How many mice can you see?  Where are they? (Use the vocabulary on top of and under to describe where they are).
  • How many people do you think might be coming for tea? Why?
  • What is the time on the clock? What would the time be if it was one hour later/earlier?
  • What might you be doing at this time on a Saturday? What about a Tuesday?


Below are some of the representations for the numbers 1 – 10 in the picture – there may also be others:

1. Lots of ones: one clock, one table, one window, one tree, etc.

2. Mice

3. Children

4. Chairs

5. Stars in the picture on the wall

6. Moons on the cupboards

7. Utensils hanging

8. Jars

9. The number of suns on the cupboard

10. Cups and saucers in total