We had lots of fun on the 22nd January on our Geography Day. Our first activity was a word search with key words we would need to use in the day like countries, landmass and oceans etc. We enjoyed this a lot!! Next, we explored maps of the England, Scotland and Wales (finding answers to questions like which is the eastern most point in England) and had a go at matching up ordinance survey symbols with their definitions in a geography 'pairs' game. Most of these we got quite quickly, but ones like scree and marshland stumped us for a bit. Our next activity was to learn about plate tectonics and how they work. We found it fascinating to think that the world looked very different at the time of the dinosaurs. Following this, we learnt about how mountains are formed with the aid of some bread, a hob-nob, a balloon, some tissue paper, sand and water!! It all got a little messy but we had fun and learnt loads. In the afternoon, Mrs Trivyzas came in and told us all about the Greek Islands (I never knew there were so many - over 200!) and what life is like there.
We had a great day and are still working hard on finishing our puzzle of the United Kingdom!!
Inspirational Maths Days
To start off Term 3, all of BJS have enjoyed taking part in two days dedicated to inspirational maths.
In 6B, we have watched several inspiring video clips helping us to understand the importance of struggling in maths to expand our skills and knowledge; different strategies that we can use to approach problems or puzzles; and the importance of a growth mind set to help us persevere and expand our maths abilities. We found these very useful and inspired us to keep pushing ourselves to solve our activities.
On the first day, we explored the Finger Game which involved moving 5 counters (to match the 5 digits on your hand) on a board to find the quickest way to get all the counters ‘home’. We discovered that the number of stops on each path was a multiple of 3 and deduced that the quickest way (without sixes or transferring scores) was 15 moves: 5x3=15!
Next we played Hide the Pixel. This was an area based game where we covered a pixel alien with rectangles, squared the number of rectangles we used, calculated the area of each rectangle and added them together before finally working out our score by adding the area to the squared numbers. We soon spotted that the areas would always be the same as the whole grid had to be covered each time. The next thing we spotted was that the fewer rectangles you used, the lower the score was. Good observation work!
In the afternoon, we found the longest way to get across a grid using straight lines then had a fascinating discussion about what numbers actually are ranging from simple numbers to formal common symbols and linguistic features and finally to abstract concepts of counting, numbers and time!! Phew!!
Tuesday started off with the Penny Sort puzzle where we had to find out how many coins we had based on how they could be grouped. We immediately eliminated any even number (as the coins when grouped in twos had 1 left over) and quickly realised that the total had to be a multiple of 7 (as it was the only number the total could be divided by equally). Various strategies were then employed to eliminate other numbers based on how they grouped in 3’s, 5’s and 6’s before we reached the total number of 91. Some of us then took on the challenge of finding the next number in the sequence that would fit the pattern.
We rounded off the morning by meeting with our buddies and sharing our learning of the last two days. We really enjoyed helping the Y4s try out some of our puzzles and hearing all about what they had been doing. This afternoon we are going to explore some logic puzzles to develop our reasoning and explanation skills.
We’ve had a great couple of days exploring and being inspired by maths!
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