Since Pythagoreans created the word “mathematics” in the 6th century BC, numbers have been a beneficial and challenging part of life. Whether the actual crunching of numbers sounds exciting or repulsive, celebrating World Maths Day can be oodles and oodles of fun, as our Prep Department classes found out today. From Prep I through to Prep VI, our children put their Maths skills skills to the test, practicing them in a variety of fun, innovative ways.
Reception Class had great fun using the weighing scales! The children worked out which objects were heavier or lighter by the way the scales moved. They watched a PowerPoint all about it too! They saw how the lady in the Post Office weighed all the parcels. Don’t be fooled by size either! The children have learned that smaller parcels can be heavier than big ones! What a superb learning opportunity they have had!
Prep I used tally and bar charts to record their favourite crisp flavours. First they had to remind themselves what each flavour tasted like (of course!) and then recorded their results on a tally chart. This was then transferred onto a bar chart. This way, they could easily see which was Prep I’s favourite flavour. This was… Salt and Vinegar. We were also surprised to find out that Prawn Cocktail and Bacon flavour crisps are both suitable for vegetarians, as they contain no prawn or pork ingredients at all!! Wow.
Prep II used Lego as a basis for their maths activities; Prep III’s games included addition puzzles and activities. Prep IV rotated around a series of maths puzzles and challenges, the most taxing of which was to find out just how many of the Skittles they were using for their data handling activity had been eaten by Mr. Suter before they could be tallied (answer: a lot!). Data handling was the focus in Prep V, this time with Smarties as the lynchpin of the data handling, amid great restraint by the children.
Prep VI used string, metre rulers and calculators to work out the diameters of trees in the school grounds. They measured girths (circumferences) using string then divided this by pi (3.142) to find diameters. Under official rules within a TPO area (tree preservation order) any tree with a diameter greater than 10.2 cms (4 inches) measured at mid-chest height (approx. 1 metre from the ground at the foot of the trunk) requires permission if it is to be pruned, crown-reduced or felled. Failure to comply can result in fines between £4,000 and £10,000 per tree!
Practical Maths in action!