This week we have played a Maths game from Somalia. It was similar to draughts but it was called ‘Pumpkin Patch’. We played against each other and tried to think strategically. Today, we continued to work together finding patterns within shapes. We used our mathematical vocabulary to explain the patterns we found.
Welcome back to everyone. It has been great to catch up with you all after the summer break and to start getting to know the new Year 3s!
Today we started a week working as mathematicians and philosophers. Can maths predict the future? This was the question posed by Dr Alison Borthwick, visiting maths educator. She led our launch assembly with Hannah Howard and Alix Lewis, taking us through some genuinely astounding maths scenarios that left us all agog! Children then returned to class to start a week long series of investigations. In the afternoons we’ll start exploring some big themes through our philosophy curriculum. There will be a showcase of the maths investigations next Wednesday before we start our work as scientists.
Enjoy the gallery.
Today at Wensum is Empty Classroom day. We embraced this in Year 5 by doing our maths learning in the tree circle and on the field.
Some of us found 2D shapes, some of us estimated and measured 100 steps, some of us found acute angles in the trees, some of us made a fraction wall from sticks….
We had a great time and did some fantastic learning.
On Tuesday, Year 3 and Year 6 teamed up to solve the Maths NRICH problem- I am eight. As Year 6 had already had a go at the problem, they used their knowledge to help the Year 3s to come up with as many ways for themselves, using a number of resources to help them.
Over the past couple of days Year 6 have been applying their strategies for solving different arithmetic questions. We have also been reasoning why we have used certain methods.
In maths we looked at symmetry and made symmetrical patterns using nature.
Wonderful maths work today. Students from The Norwich School were in to work with Year 4, playing maths games with them to boost fluency. Year 5 were continuing their work on angles and Year 3 were exploring strategies for subtracting small numbers from larger numbers. Great to see such engagement and enjoyment in maths. A big thanks to the Norwich School for their on-going work with us. Enjoy the gallery.
On Tuesday, Year 4 worked collaboratively at solving an NRICH problem titled ‘Fractions in a Box’. This was quite a tricky task and can be found here.
Here are some of their solutions:
The last two days has seen Year 5 investigating angles. Do angles in a triangle have a relationship? Do angles in a quadrilateral have a relationship?
What we found out:
When you put the angles together (in a triangle ) they form a semi-circle like the protractor – Alan
It doesn’t matter what type of triangle it is, all the angles will add up to 180 degrees – Izzy W
I thought different quadrilaterals wouldn’t add up to 360 degrees because they have different types of angles but they all fit together to make a circle – Euron
I thought (quadrilaterals) would add up to 360 degrees because a square does and different quadrilaterals are just a stretching square – Aimee.