St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Maths and Science Week

8 to 12 October 2012

Once again, pupils at St Thomas More took part in a week of activities to raise the interest in both Maths and Science.

The whole week was based around a book entitled '365 Penguins' by authors Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet. It's an interesting way of introducing children to both Maths and to climate change issues through a fun and exciting story:

On the first day of the new year, the mailman brings a surprise - a penguin! One by one, day by day, penguins fill the house. At first they are cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up - along with the family's problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task! But who is sending these penguins, and why? With lots of opportunity for counting, 365 Penguins is sure to become a wintertime staple. On the first day of the new year, the mailman brings a surprise - another penguin!

To engage all levels of children it asks many mathematical questions throughout.

Our week begin with a celebration meeting where the children listened to the story of '365 Penguins' . When this was over they returned to class to start making their maths hats. They put together an array of maths knowledge on their hats to which they added as the week went on.

Throughout the week the children completed various maths activities such as Penguin Skittles, Iceberg Jumps, Skating Ice Cubes, an ICT activity 'Penguin Sliders' and many, many more.

In the afternoons the children investigated insulators. What would make the best insulator to keep ice frozen the longest? They were sorting materials to wrap ice in to making lunch containers. In Year 6 they made ice balloons to insulate then investigated which material would keep them frozen the longest. Tin foil proved to be the best!