St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Maths Week

19 to 23 May 2008

Maths week was a very special week at St Thomas More, with a focus on raising the profile and enjoyment of numeracy. Throughout the week teachers planned special lessons that linked numeracy with other curriculum areas, set challenges and provided educational visits or visitors to consolidate children's understanding. At the end of the week the children's work was celebrated in assembly and everyone got a chance to visit the maths fair, where prices could be won by solving mathematical puzzles.

Reception children enjoyed a variety of activities all linked to the theme of Shopping. We read the story 'The Shopping Basket' by John Burningham and did lots of fun things related to the story: we made our own shopping baskets, retold the story using puppets and props, made our own shop in the role-play area and learnt about all the different coins.

We also went shopping to buy everything we needed for a party. On Thursday we went to our local Tesco superstore to buy the items on our shopping lists. We had to try and get as much as we could for our money! We also had fun playing Price Hunt games. On Friday we all had a great time at our party!

In Years one and two worked hard using their calculation and measuring skills to make a maths game.

In Years three and four, the children had been reading the story of Flat Stanley, who was posted all over the world. They calculated how many miles he travelled, looked at the difference in temperature of the countries he visited and even visited the local travel agent to work out how much it would cost to visit the same places as Flat Stanley. The local estate agent was very impressed with their maths, especially when they wanted to work out the family discount!

In Years five and six the children were given a very important task of designing a new playground, with the best ideas being put forward to win a national grant for playground improvement. The children worked in mixed age groups and had to work out how to best spend the £25,000.

First they had to research which equipment the children of St Thomas More wanted most and convert the survey into a bar chart with percentages. Then they had to measure the playground and draw scale diagrams to show where new equipment would be placed. Finally they had to work out the total cost for their design, using the builder's brochure to price everything up including the safe play surface which was price per metre square! The children came up with some fantastic and sensible ideas, but unfortunately we didn't win the grant.

The maths fair was run by teachers and year 6 pupils and proved a hit with children of all ages. We even had a family maths quiz. Some lucky pupils ( who run the school bank) even visited a local bank and got to hold £300,000! All in all the week was a great success and now the children (and staff) are looking forward to maths week 2009!