children in the Pre-prep were greeted on Wednesday morning with a host of
different maths games and activities to get them all started. From sudukos, to
board games, and coordinates to tessellation patterns, the children enjoyed a
great variety of different challenges.
morning continued with Year 8 and Mr Mortimer joining us for a lesson.
in Year 2 were challenged to estimate and accurately measure the dimensions of
top and bottom court. It was quickly recognised how fantastic these older
students were with their younger counterparts and we very much hope the Year 8s
will join us again for a lesson or two in the very near future.
Y1LS started the morning by working out how best to count
dots by trying to spot patterns. Many
children noticed 5 dots presented as if on a dice, others spotted rows of 6,
groups of 3 or diamonds.
We then moved on to trying to think about scale by making a
chair that fitted under a table made out of blocks. All of the children succeeded brilliantly in
this tricky challenge.
Finally, and most excitingly, the children were then
challenged to find out if tubes of Smarties had more red smarties in than any
other colour. With the support of some
brilliant Year 8 helpers, the children created tally charts to work out if this
was the case and each child only ate 3 Smarties in the process! Great self-control! The majority of children concluded that
packets of Smarties don’t have more red Smarties in than other colours.
In Year one (CD), the children immersed themselves in
solving problems in the Pre-Prep garden. We collected leaves, created graphs
using natural objects and searched for shapes in the environment around us. We
built varying lengths of domino runs and timed how long each one would take to
fall down. We predicted which would take the longest and recorded our findings
in a table.
Reception had a great morning of problem solving and pattern
making. They all had a pattern to follow and then had to continue it. They used
beads, pegs, coloured blocks, teddies and shapes. The challenge was on to then
make their own continuing pattern. After break we went outside and found shapes
on the hockey pitch, tennis and netball courts - then using conkers, fir cones
and leaves they had to make different shapes on the ground and tell me how many
sides each one had and what it was called. It is fair to say they all know
their 2D shape names now.