As the weather was dry, but a little chilly, we spent some time outside searching for maths in our outside environment.
We found examples of tessellation in the netting used on the ramp, brick walls and fencing. Shape within the trim trail, concrete slabs and paintings on the playground walls. Parallel lines were found on the monkey bars, the cabin walls and cylinder bars.
Many different shapes where found from cuboids (stepping stones) to cylinders (monkey bars), circles (the tyres) and triangles (on the swings).
We also looked at maths found in natural things such as leaves (symmetry) and flowers (petals, shapes and number of petals) the shapes and patterns on tree trunks.
This week we learnt about direction and the mathematical terminology used with direction.
After drawing maps, the children wrote a set of instructions for the Bee-Bot to follow. They then programmed their Bee-Bot to see if they had to amend their instructions from point A to B.
Alice found she could program her Bee-Bot to move around her map and then back to the beginning with eight different instructions. She then challenged herself by programming her Bee-Bot to do the same circuit backwards. This she said was much harder to do.
Evie said she enjoyed using the Bee-Bot because ‘they were tricky to program and when you did it, it was exciting.’ Joanna said ‘I found it tricky to start of with but better with practise’.
Summer Term ~ 20.4.17
We had 11 children joining us from maths club this week from years 2 to 6 which included two new children.
We are now enjoying the warmer weather and will use this to our advantage and take maths outside with games and investigation.
This week we used bean bags throwing these to each other and counting in multiples, drawing targets and throwing the bean bags to score. We used our addition and subtraction skills while having fun. We also did some bowling and measured the distance to find out who was the closest to the target ball.
The group have given us some great ideas for the Summer Term from making parachutes to treasure maps and maths puzzles to tessellation.
We meet every Thursday after school (until 4.30pm) and we explore different areas of mathematics through investigation and reasoning. If you are interested in joining us please leave your name and class number at the office (spaces limited)
Autumn Term 2016 - November to December
This half term we have been investigating maths games.
3rd November – Maths Puzzles and Games
We tried our skills at mazes, Sudoku, magic squares and triangles, maths number searches and arithmagons!! We also tried to create our own to share with a friend.
10th November – Board Games
We looked at board games and explored the mathematical purpose and strategies in playing the games. Some of the games we enjoyed playing are connect 4, draughts, dominoes, battle ships and balance related games.
17th November – Electronic Games
We playing a game called Maths Training on the Nintendo DS and worked against the clock and friends. Mental maths and memory was the focal point. Each time we completed a section we had a chance to beat our score or challenge a friend to beat our time.
24th November and 1st December – Design and Make our own Game
We planned our own game to make with a mathematical purpose. Our objective was to design, make and play a mathematical game with more than one friend. We had games on the design of monopoly but with maths questions instead of street names, snakes and ladders recreated but with a mathematical twist of questions added in, and individual designs of ladders and to reach the top you must answer more questions than your other player.
We have now finished for Christmas and our next Maths Club meeting is Thursday 12th January 2017
HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND WELL EARNED BREAK AND SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TERM J
Planned for Spring Term 2017
And much more
Autumn Term 2016 (September to October)
In the first half of the Autumn Term (September to October) we have been investigating and learning about shape.
We started this journey with tessellation (15.9.16) ‘an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping.’ To investigate this we used different shape tiles and experimented which shapes worked best and which did not. The group found out you did not have to always use the same shape to produce tessellating patterns.
22.9.16 Making 3D shapes out of art straws
Discussion on what is 3D ‘an object that has height, width and depth ~ three dimensional.’ While making these discussions took place of what shapes they were making with the correct terminology of the shape names, faces, vertices and edges.
29.9.16 Making 3D shapes from nets
Continuing from last weeks shapes out of straws this week we made them from nets. Shapes varied from a cube to a cylinder and a square based pyramid to a dodecahedron!!
6.10.16 Investigation ‘Which shape is best to make a parachute?’ (maths/science)
Using a selection of different materials the group made various parachutes of various sizes to investigate this. Materials ranged from polythene to sugar paper and each parachute had used a piece of numicon for its weight. Once these were made they tested out their parachutes on the pirate ship. The conclusion was to use a light material and the larger the shape the better performance it gave.