Marvellous Maths Days
In our two maths days, we have done (and completed) many enriching challenges.
On the first day, to get settled back into mathematics, we were set the task of the Game of Totals. During the game, we were to note down what we had learnt. In our next lesson we were told to make 3d and 2D shapes out of a simple loop of string, which was difficult. However, the real challenge was convincing the skeptic, who was judging our creations – Miss Brock! In the afternoon, we made 3D models out of art straws, recreating our string shapes. Then, we began to make posters to go on display in the hall.
On our second day back learning, we started with a brain-teaser (Pascal’s Triangle). Miss Brock gave us a half-blanked out triangle to explore, experiment and highlight any patterns spotted. After conferring with the whole class, we discussed all the different patterns and how to solve them. Then, we started to frame rectangles. Our first challenge was to pick a number then make as many rectangles as we could with that area. The most number of different rectangles we could make was 8 for a rectangle with an area of 24cm2 or 30cm2. Our next challenge was to make a rectangle with the area equal to the perimeter – this was tricky but could be done! Next, the perimeter had to be double our area. In the afternoon, using our notes on the Game of Totals, we made an instructions piece of typing to go on display. As an afternoon task, we were given an envelope of triangles and other shapes and told to fit them exactly into different templates using the Chinese art of tangrams.
In summary, our maths days were entertaining and challenging and we thank EVERYONE who took part.
By Nanzahyi Wasike and Lucie Caines
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