Maths Week 2017
During the week beginning Monday 13th March, Warwick Road School celebrated Maths week across school. Throughout the week, children were given the chance to take part in various mathematical activities and understood how maths is linked to everything. Some classes took their children out on a maths trail around school to identify percentages, shapes, and fractions, whereas other classes collected data during P.E sessions and presented them using bar charts. Children were also given the opportunity to focus on problem solving, reasoning and logic, which allowed them to develop their use of mathematical skills in a range of contexts.
Have a look at what each year group did below:
In nursery we were very busy painting different shapes and looking at numbers to collage using various materials. We also managed to order ourselves according to our heights and came dressed up as numbers! Please have a look at our Nursery children’s pictures.
On Friday, in maths week, the children had to dress up with the theme ‘maths’. Asma dressed up as a maths fairy with number sentences stuck onto her tutu, whilst Saarah had a money headband and a clock t-shirt. Szamanta and Nicholas were dressed with spray painted numbers up to 10 on their t-shirt. We were extremely impressed with them two as they could both identify and name the numbers on their tops. Within the provision, children had lots of opportunities to experiment with number and shape; they attempted to make repeating patterns with 2-D shapes and they could name them too.
During RE, we listened to the story of Handa’s Surprise and talked about how Handa was a good friend when she took a basket full of fruits for her friend Akeyo. Then we created class pictograms of our favourite fruits from the story.
The children in reception also had a go at ordering their numbers from 0-20. They all helped each other to decide which number came first and then next. The children then decided they wanted to go outside and match their numbers on the crocodile on the playground. The photo shows how excited all the children were to have ordered and matched their numbers to the crocodile.
Year 1 looked at flags from around the world and discussed if they were symmetrical or asymmetrical. We focused on the Brazilian flag as it is linked to our topic. We identified the Brazil flag as asymmetrical. Half of the flag was drawn and we had to use a ruler to draw straight lines. We completed the flag and coloured it in.
We also looked at the Rio De Jeniero carnivals and compared the different celebrations we take part in. We discussed Mother’s day and made flowers for Mother’s day celebration. We used coloured tissues paper that was cut into different 2D shapes and made a repeating pattern for the flowers. We used an art straw for the stem.
Finally, we thought Maths Week would be a great opportunity to decorate our classrooms further, so we got our children to decorate some numbers and stick them on the trees in our class. Our children also dressed up on Friday and were very creative with their outfits!
In year 2, children discussed what the terms chronological and sequence meant. They used ordinal numbers to describe the different stages of human growth.
On Maths day, the children wore clothing with numbers. We took this opportunity to teach maths in a practical manner. The children worked in teams to order themselves into the correct order from smallest to largest.
We then used the ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ signs to compare numbers and work out the difference between the numbers.
We looked at the number of active volcanoes around the world on different tectonic plates. We collected this data and presented it as a bar chart, ensuring that our scales were numbered correctly.
In our P.E. lesson we held a mini Olympics competition. We used a timer to count the number of runs completed in 30 seconds. We also measured how far we could jump. As we used a metre stick to measure the distance, we needed to know how to convert metres to centimetres and vice-versa. This was extremely exciting for the children and they applied their maths skills very efficiently.
Mrs Katharada also held a ‘Who Wants to be a Mathionaire?’ competition for the children in Year 3. Children were put into groups of four and had a series of maths related questions to answer. The children got very competitive but in the end it was Red table who were crowned Mathionaires in Year 3.
In year 4 we allowed our children to see maths in many subjects. Here are the kinds of activities we completed:
- During PE, children made number formations and maths symbols. The class was divided into two teams and the teams competed with each other in order to identify the most numbers and symbols.
- As part of the ‘Food and Nutrition’ topic, children identified the different types of teeth. They counted their missing teeth and collated the information in a tally chart and produced a graph with the information collected.
- Murder Mystery Maths: Children read the clues and used their numeracy skills and powers of deduction to crack each of the six coded clues to eliminate suspects and identify the killer.
- The Year 4’s incorporated Maths in their topic about the Stone Age, showing collaboration and sorting skills. The children worked in groups to sort out Stone Age animals using Venn Diagrams and decided on the labels for the sets and the intersection.
- Maths Treasure Hunt: Children started by finding a card. They solved the maths problem and they looked for the next card by finding the card with the answer to the last problem on it. The person with the most correct answers won some treasure.
- Paper aeroplane: Children made paper aeroplanes from two different types of materials, paper and card. They tested their planes to find out which one flew the furthest. The children used trundles to measure the distance the plane travelled.
- Maths factor song: In their house colour groups children practiced and performed their song. The winning group was chosen to compete in the School Maths Factor Competition.
- Maths Puzzle Challenge: Children aimed to complete a maths challenges puzzle pack which contained maths crosswords, word searches, shape and algebra puzzles. The two student with the most correct puzzles win a prize each.
One of our maths lessons during the week focussed on polygons and their properties. Therefore, we took our children outside in the playground to find polygons and asked them to accurately describe the properties of it. Children had to use vocabulary like parallel lines, perpendicular lines, angles and lines of symmetry.
We took our children outside school for a maths trail so that they could see how evident maths is in our everyday life. We started off at the front gate of school and calculated the number of windows and window panes using our multiplication facts. Then we decided to find the percentage of windows which were open compared to those which were closed. After that, children had to go round the streets to calculate how old different cars were using their registration numbers. Furthermore, children had to also identify various 2D and 3D shapes including different kinds of angles such as acute and reflex. They also found tessellating patterns and symmetry too!
During P.E, children raced each other whilst being timed. Children were able to use a stop watch accurately and distinguish between minutes, seconds and nanoseconds! We collected our data and organised it into a table; we also presented the data using a bar chart. Finally, during our computing session, we decided to give children the chance to create various graphs and charts on Microsoft Excel and understand how to generate graphs easily using a computer programme.
In year 6 we used our knowledge of ration and proportion to make different kinds of mocktails. Mixing together a range of fruit juices and lemonade to make a perfect summer drink. Children used their measuring skills to measure their liquids to the nearest millilitre. They also had to use their budgeting skills to ensure the price of their final mocktail gave them a profit and not a loss.
Throughout the week, children in each class were busy composing and rehearsing their maths songs in their house groups. Children had to audition their performances to the class teachers first, who then chose groups for Friday’s finals! KS1 performed separately to KS2 and our judges were members of the SLT and a parent governor too.
KS1 winners were yellow house and KS2 winners were green house!
Both teachers and children had a great time throughout the competition and thoroughly enjoyed every group’s maths song.
We also asked children and parents to take part in the ‘Family Maths Challenge’ and received some excellent feedback. You’ll find some examples below.