13 to 17 October 2014
The pupils, parents, carers, older siblings, aunties, uncles even grandparents took part in an exciting week of Mathematical Challenges at St Thomas More School this week for our annual Maths Week. Over 280 adults attended the seven sessions to support the children as they tackled some tricky mathematical activities throughout a two hour session.
Monday morning saw the Reception Classes as they were joined by their supporting adult as they took on the challenges first. They were met with Snakes and Ladders, to help them sequence numbers of higher value. Tangram Cat, a shape sorting puzzle there was also Paint Match and Mirror, Mirror a reflection challenge.
Year 3 had their opportunity next on Monday afternoon to tackle activities such as; Circular Jigsaw, Star Track, Make 6 and the oh so frustrating Dice Tower!
On Tuesday it was Year 1 and Year 4, who battled their way through Domino Sum, Leap Frog, Triangular Numbers, Cluedo, Pentomino, Equal Lines and the sneaky Magic Ten.
Wednesday it was the turn of both Years 2 and 5 to take up the challenge of Maths Week. Year 2 started the day with activities such as Engines, Make 6, Detective Domino, Make 6, Star Track and Hollow Domino Square. The afternoon session saw take up the mantle and attempt challenges like The Queen Problem, Triangular Solitaire, Make a Square, Sticky Problem and the what seemed insolvable Setting the Table.
Last, but by no means least was Year 6 on Thursday afternoon, they too had ago at the Setting the Table challenge and with a little help did solve it (well done). They also tackled the likes of Dancing Discs, Different, Stepping Stones (another frustrating puzzle) and Miss Petcher's favourite puzzle the Dodecagon shape puzzle.
Each year group also had the opportunity to try their hand at Archery– with our Sports Delivery partner Aspire Sports, who deliver our Maths Through Sport Programme in school.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all the adults who attended this week and there were many who attended more than one session. It was great to see the look of disappointment on those faces when they realised all the puzzles had been changed!
May we also take this opportunity to thank Lewis from Aspire Sports for all his help this week with both the delivery and setting up each day.