Helston primary pupils' maths discovery day adds up to a lot of fun: PICTURES (From Falmouth Packet)
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Helston primary pupils' maths discovery day adds up to a lot of fun: PICTURES
2:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Hands-on maths activities added up to a fun day for pupils at St Michael’s Primary School last Friday.
The Helston primary held its first Discovery Maths day, which it will now run once every half-term.
This saw pupils doing everything from measuring trees to determine their age, to making trees.
Headteacher Shaun Perfect said: “It’s all about practical, exciting maths. It’s about the children being given a problem and having to work together to resolve it.”
Different year groups had different tasks, with year one facing a series of team challenges, year two making sandwiches and year three creating containers with which to hold specific weights of popcorn. One container had to hold between 10g and 20g of popcorn, with the other between 20g and 30g.
This fitted with their topic at the moment, which focuses on the story of the Three Little Pigs.
It proved popular with pupils, with Holly saying: “It’s much better than any of the other lessons.”
India agreed, adding: “We get to choose our group and what we get to use.”
Year four pupils took part in afternoon activities, while year five were challenged to find the oldest tree in the playground woodland. Without being able to count the rings of the tree trunks, the youngsters had to work out whether measuring the height, the width of the trunk or another factor would help them determine this.
Year six pupils were given the task of designing their own playground, which saw them measuring the size of the school’s play area and then working out space for different elements.
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