Somers Primary School Incursion

South of Melbourne there is a village called Somers. It is a sleepy village. One shop. One school. One campground. Not much else. The school is a very important part of the community. The community is part of the school too. 

In the schoolgrounds, there is a community garden. It is a scruffy working garden with nets and weeds. It has compost and worm farms. It is a busy little spot.

The school garden runs a weekly vegetable stall, every Monday from 08:30 to 09:30 with the kids from the 3rd Grade. This is part sustainability, part healthy eating, part biology and part maths.

The Institute for Enquiring Minds is running the produce stall as a pilot project. We are trying to get the kids to engage with everyday maths, showing them how simple things, like their multiplication tables, are used in everyday life. We try to pass on some simple lessons that can be built on the activities of being a greengrocer. 

It is cold in winter. It is warm in the summer. There is a lot of laughing and almost always a little dancing.

Maths can be fun. Start early.

 The traditional "Onion Dance" of the maths and veggie people. (Photos used with permission.)

The traditional "Onion Dance" of the maths and veggie people. (Photos used with permission.)

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