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Maths Matters At Crackley Hall School

12 Nov

Crackley Hall joined schools across the country celebrating ‘Maths Week England’, a grassroots movement that aims to share the joy of mathematics with everyone.

All year groups at Crackley enjoyed exploring the mathematics that we see all around us and use every day: from STEM challenges and engineering, the mathematics of art and design, to puzzles and games like sudoku and chess.

Reception had fun being shape detectives and going on a shape hunt around school! They spotted circles and triangles in lots of different places. 

Junior 1 enjoyed listening to some mathematical stories and thinking hard about the ‘maths’ hidden within them.  After hearing the Spinderella story, they played Incey Wincey Spider, rolling a die to move up or down the drainpipe to see who would come out first!

Junior 2 explored the important mathematical matter of finance and thought carefully about what we save our money for. They created amazing money boxes decorated with all the things they were saving up for. 

Junior 3 enjoyed an online mathematical story time session from Roma Agrawal, with activities based on her book How Was That Built? which looks at the mathematics involved in engineering and architecture. They then completed their own ‘Strength of Columns’ investigation and had great fun drawing ‘The Shard’ out of lots of triangles – a very strong and stable shape.

Junior 4 explored patterns in the times tables and created some wonderful multiplication art.

Junior 5 explored horizontal symmetry and loved thinking and testing to check for any words which have symmetry.  The process of making their own money boxes also helped them explore the properties of a cube and what a ‘net’ is. 

Finally, Junior 6 explored maths through an engineering theme, understanding the strength of 3D shapes and how they are used in construction. 

All in all, a wonderful week of mathematical activities, challenges, stories, and games was had by all.