At the start of the week the children had an assembly all about how we use Maths in our everyday lives. We introduced the theme for Maths Week England, which was ‘Power of 2’ and talked about some of the exciting things that would be happening during the week!
All of the children enjoyed the week and were enthusiastic about the Maths activities they took part in. The children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were extremely delighted to win first place in the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Origami Competition. The prize is a video call from an astronaut, which is really exciting!
During Maths Week the children in year 1 enjoyed taking part in the snowflake challenge, which involved using only paper straws to create their snowflake. They weren’t limited to how many straws or what size straws they could use and just like real life snowflakes, all the snowflakes made were unique in design, size and pattern.
They also enjoyed taking part in a codebreaker challenge at the start of each maths lesson, which unlocked 2 code words; Marathon and Football. As well as this the children enjoyed reading a range of maths related stories during Storytime including, ‘One Potato, 2 Potato’ and ‘How many legs?’. Due to the focus of this year’s Maths Week being ‘Power of 2’, some of the children also enjoyed watching Numberblocks episode ‘The Terrible Twos’!
Year 2 really enjoyed Maths Week! During our daily Maths lessons we solved a problem of the day, including making matching numbers with Numicon and mirroring shapes with our bodies.
We learnt all about snowflakes and used their mathematical skills to create giant snowflakes in groups.
We took part in the TTRS competition and enjoyed contributing to our class score! We completed a codebreaker task by solving different maths problems and letter that was on the card containing that answer!
We also enjoyed listening to stories with different mathematical themes and singing maths songs, including a counting in 2s song!
During Maths week, Year 3 studied a daily maths-based problem. Our favourite one has been a set of calculations where a set of shapes represent different numbers. We had to use logical thinking and our knowledge of multiplication to work out which number was represented by each shape!
We also worked really hard to make origami stars, it really helped us learn about the names of 2D shapes, such as pentagons and right-angled triangles! We also used Timestable Rockstars to help us practice our 3 times and 4 times tables.
For Maths week, Year 4 had a go at some of the challenges on the official Maths Week website. The children really enjoyed putting their maths knowledge to the test with a variety of questions. They particularly enjoyed playing a problem-solving game of cops and robbers and trying to catch the robber in the least possible moves. We also made some origami rockets as part of a competition run by Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form. The children worked incredibly hard on them and showed great resilience and determination! Some children even requested the link be sent home so that they could have another go!
Year 5 had a marvellous Maths Week! The children really enjoyed the challenge of constructing an origami planet, for some it was the first time that they had tried origami. Each planet was then decorated in a wide range of ways, many involved touches of glitter!
Each class signed up and took part in the TTRockstar challenge, well done to RL5 who were the worthy winners in the year group.
Throughout the week, the children completed daily Flash back 4 questions and attempted many problem solving activities.
Year 6 enjoyed exploring the ‘Power of 2’ as the focus for Maths Week England 2022. The children completed the daily problems that were provided by the Maths Week England website. Some of them certainly took a lot of thinking, particularly the dominoes problem! We also took part in the TTRS competition by completing times tables questions in class. Some of the children also took part at home to contribute towards their class score.
NSPCC Number Day 2021
On Friday 7th May we celebrated the NSPCC Number Day across our Federation.
The children learnt more about the NSPCC charity in an assembly and they all took part in Maths activities on the day.
For the NSPCC Number Day Reception played the game ‘Musical numbers’. We sang some of our favourite number nursery rhymes and used number fans to show the numbers in the song. We looked at the 5 little ducks song and loved acting out the song 10 in the bed using our number fans too! We also got to explore numerals in the classroom in our play like we do every day.
In Year 1, we shared Buddy’s story and discussed how his key needed to be put together by solving different maths challenges. The parts of the key were hidden around our classrooms as we worked together as a team to solve each challenge and find part of the key. Once we found all the pieces, we had to fit it together so Buddy had a complete key and could ‘visit’ our school. The children were very excited to complete the challenges and showed good retrieval skills. They knew what they could use to help them solve each calculation. We then discussed how we can keep learning (linking this to our 5 ways of wellbeing in class) and completed some games on TimesTable Rockstars. The children were all keen to continue this when they get home.
The children in Year 2 really enjoyed solving Buddy’s Key Challenge. They had to work out the different mathematical problems to put the key back together. The children used the skills they’ve learnt in Maths lessons to solve the problems, which they were very good at. Once the key was pieced together, they were able to solve the final clue to find Buddy, who was hiding in the teacher’s cupboards!
The children also enjoyed taking part in the NSPCC Rocks competition on TT Rockstars, both in school and at home.
For Number day, Year 3 completed several activities linked to number and fractions (their most recent topic in maths). The children played a target practise game where they had to add their scores to see who had the highest score in their pair (some games required doubling). They then also played fraction bingo in the style of a scavenger hunt in the secret garden! The children played the game, “Who wants to be a mathionaire” and had to work as a team to earn their points answering the maths focussed questions and then completed an activity called, “Wish upon a star” where they designed their own star based on the definition of a star to be a shape with at least 4 regular points. We obviously all participated in the TTRockstars tournament before the end of the day too!
Year 4 loved taking part in mathematical activities on Number Day. The children helped the NSPCC mascot, Buddy, find the key to the magical door that lets him visit schools. Unfortunately, the key had broken into small pieces that were hidden around the classroom. We managed to solve a variety of clues that tested our mathematical minds! The children especially enjoyed the code breaker questions. However, they also enjoyed the money based questions as we have just finished a money topic in maths and they were eager to put their new knowledge to the test! We also spent some time on the Times Table Rockstar Challenge and are hopeful that we have done enough to win! The children were very competitive and loved being able to see what other classes in the school had achieved so far!
Year 5 have been solving riddles and puzzles to help celebrate number day. The children also completed the buddy challenge. Some of us took part in a sewing intervention to consolidate our understanding of number bonds to 20.
As part of Number Day, Year 6 took part in a game of ‘Who Wants To Be a Mathionaire?’ The children were shown a series of problem solving questions that they had to solve and each correct answer meant that they earned points. The children got very competitive! Not only were the children competitive within their classes but across the year group too with the TTRockstars tournament. In addition to this, each class worked together to solve some maths riddles. Some of the riddles were very complicated but the children enjoyed working through the clues and challenging their thinking. At the end of the day the answers to the riddles were revealed and the winning class was congratulated.