Professor Maths

Today, 3-6 got visited by Professor Maths, the mathematician who is also a mad scientist. He set up lots of challenges around the hall and we all went around completing them. If you completed a Super Challenge, you can wear a vest, then add on 3D glasses and finally a wig of crazy hair. We had a blast working in groups of 4 and completing puzzles that made maths fun for once!!

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Four 4s Challenge and Clock Challenge

Today we did 2 challenges, the four 4s challenge and the Clock Challenge.
In the four 4s challenge, you have to make numbers from 1-32, using only four 4s. Everyone got into groups and put their brain to the test!! My group finished first but I think we exaggerated when celebrating!
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In the clock challenge, we had to make every number on a clock, using only three 9s. We also finished but some people beat us.

Fraction Popcorn and Fraction Clothes Washing

Today, year six played Fraction Popcorn and Fraction clothes washing. Fraction Popcorn is a fun and enjoyable activity that involves crumpled pieces of paper (the ‘popcorn’), yellow slips of paper (the ‘butter’), a maths book and a pencil. The pieces of paper had different fractions on them, for example, 4/20. The pieces of yellow paper that resembled butter had maths signs on them. For example, the equals sign. The way the game worked was that we needed to pull two white pieces of paper and one yellow slip of paper. Putting the yellow pieces of paper between the white, the maths sign in between the fractions, we compared the two fractions and decided whether it was true or not.

Another activity that year six did was called fraction clothes washing. The rules of faction clothes washing were much more simple. Year six recieved about 6 fraction printed on paper clothes and a wool clothes line We had to organise the fractions in order from smallest to largest and peg the paper clothes on to them, just like we would do in real life. We had to compare the different fractions in order to do this, making the denoninators the same by finding the lowest common multiple, then comparing the numerators. Overal it was a great lesson and a good way of learning more about fractions.

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Fraction Basketball and Word Problems

Today we did four maths activities and rotated around. One of the activities was fraction basketball. We were sorted into groups of 3. One of us had three attempts to throw the paper balls into the bin, another, six, and the last, nine. We tallied the number of successful throws we had out of the number of attempts we were given and recorded them. After, we solved some problems relating to the fractions we ended up with. In the end, we had some people from different groups throw paper balls into the bin and as a class, figured out the fractions so they all had the lowest common multiple (LCM).

In another activity, we did word problems. There were four questions to solve. We had to show two different ways to solve each of the problems. Some of the ways I used to solve the problems was drawing a diagram and writing it out in number sentences. The questions were to do with fractions. Overall, it was a very fun maths lesson teaching us about fractions and improving our skills.

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Making Prisms

On Thursday, after learning about prisms, we used sticks and blu-tack to make our own mini prisms. Everyone went into pairs and each gave the other properties of a certain prism. We had to guess what the sort of prism it was using those clues. These included triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, hexagonal prisms and even octagonal prisms! It was a creative and fun lesson.

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Maths with Mr Wilson

Today with Mr Wilson, we learnt about number lines.We started by playing a few games on the smartboard. We then worked with positive and negative numbers to create our own unique number lines.

We rolled a dice and the first number and the second was how much we subtract. This was fun because we could be with a partner and to maths in a fun way. We made several number lines in pairs and shared the work equally. We really enjoyed this activity and learning about numbers below O.

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