Below are links to some great web sites which use games to support your child in Maths:
Today in maths we were using water to help us figure out ‘missing number’ questions. In two teams, children used different methods before coming back into class and sharing either the water measuring method or the written inverse method. We then discussed which one is easier to use and which one they preferred. Unsurprisingly, the new water method was by far the favourite!
Year 5 have worked so hard for the past few weeks and have demonstrated determination and perseverance through their Shakespeare Production. Now that the play has come to an end I wanted to ‘reward’ the children by having a ‘fun learning’ day with many different activities that enhance their learning, especially after the long-exhausting evening at the theatre.
Year 5 have played a game called “Mathopoly” which helps them with their Maths skills. I was really pleased to see the excitement on their faces and the eagerness to get as many correct answers as possible. Year 5 think that this is such a fun way of practicing their times tables and being challenged at the same time.
This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .
Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.
Today in maths year 2 were looking at the value of numbers. Using Dienes blocks and fake money, students showed a variety of different ways they could show and explain the value of certain numbers. After showing me all the images they captured themselves, students reflected on the images and used this time to understand the links between coin and block, understanding that the coins had a certain value they could show by counting the blocks they had used and vice versa.
This term, Year 5 have been investigating parachutes. After having a go using whatever materials they wanted, Year 5 generated their own questions and set up their own experiments. Most children chose to investigate the different canopy shapes. They were fantastic at learning to use a protractor and accurately drawing and measuring the shapes to make the canopies. We even had a few heptagons! We tested the shapes this afternoon. Which shape made the best parachute? How do you know?
This afternoon, Year 6, were given the question: Which biscuit is the best dunker?
They spent time looking at the texture and dimensions before testing the range of biscuits in the hot chocolate.
They tested: Party Rings, Chocolate Digestives, Digestives, Custard Creams, Bourbon, Fruit Shortcake, Fox’s crunch, Rich Tea and Oreo’s.
Which do you think was the best biscuit to dunk and why?
To conclude our STEM fortnight, on Friday, we were privileged to have Mr Dion-Fehily, a medical engineer, visit us at Maple Cross. He spent time inspiring our Year 5&6 learners of a career in engineering, time in years 1&2 creating lights at the top of a castle and Year 3 showcased their Viking longboats. A great morning of engineering!