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Alexander's Outing - Early Stage 1

Based on Pamela Allen’s book ‘Alexander’s Outing’, children trace Alexander’s journey through the garden and solve mathematical problems along the way.

Learning Activities

  • Students will actively participate in a retelling of the story Alexander’s Outing 
  • They will adventure through the Garden to count bird numbers, identify shapes in the environment and compare the height and width of trees eg bottle trees and
  • Students will use mathematical language while re-enacting the rescuing of Alexander by using water to make him float


Early Stage 1 Mathematics and English


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Estimating, counting and comparing the number of objects in a group, eg birds near the pond 
  • Using everyday and comparative language to describe length eg long, longer walk through the Garden, tall, taller trees 
  • Filling and emptying containers with water eg to rescue Alexander, and use the terms “full”, “empty” and “about half full”  
  • Describing and naming familiar two-dimensional shapes in the environment eg triangles in the harbour bridge 
  • Responding to the shared reading of texts for enjoyment and pleasure and retell familiar stories, eg Alexander’s Outing 
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

  • describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials and informal recordings MAe-1WM
  • communicates with peers and known adults in informal and guided activities demonstrating emerging skills of group interaction ENe-1A

Supported Syllabus Outcomes

  • uses objects, actions, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems MAe-2WM  
  • describes and compares lengths and distances using everyday language MAe-9MG 
  • describes and compares the capacities of containers and the volumes of objects or substances using everyday language MAe-11MG 
  • manipulates, sorts and describes representations of two-dimensional shapes, including circles, triangles, squares and rectangles, using everyday language MAe-15MG
  • demonstrates developing skills and strategies to read, view and comprehend short, predictable texts on familiar topics in different media and technologies ENe-4A 
Contact Us
For more information on our programs please contact us on programs.info@bgcp.nsw.gov.au 

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney andpay our respect to Elders past, present and future.