Maths Challenge Day
We had a variety of practical maths activities during the morning.
In Class 1 we had the "Elephant Parade", where the children worked in groups to find out how many different ways the elephants could parade with 3 red and 2 blue elephants. Tricky questions at the end tested even Year 2, how many parades were palindromes? Slightly easier for Reception eg. How many parades are there with the first and last elephant the same colour?
In Year 1's classroom, we carried out different investigations using water. Reception tried to transport as much water as they could to fill their boxes. This involved filling containers carefully; working as as team and keeping count! Year 1 had to work out how many litres their boxes held, again counting carefully and working in pairs. Year 2 were challenged to make a magic potion, with a capacity of 1 litre, using at least two different colours of water. Some children also managed to record how they made it!
In the Year 2 classroom, children had to carry out a problem solving activity linked to Noah's Ark. They were challenged to work out what animals Noah might have seen if he counted 8 legs (Reception), 12 legs (Year 1) or a total number of legs of their own choosing (Year 2). The children selected their own resources such as Popoids, Lego or Sticklebricks to build their animals, whilst many wanted to draw to explore. The children were encouraged to think more deeply by considering many different types of creatures and by coming up with other solutions.
In Class 3 the children carried out a shape treasure hunt around the grounds of the school. There were a variety of 2D and 3D shapes hidden. The children had to locate the shapes and identify various properties of each shape that they found. Some of the properties included edges, faces, vertices, angle types, perpendicular and parallel lines. Once the children had identified the properties they had to write down the letter on the shape. These letters all grouped together to spell the name of a 3D shape. The shape was Octaganol Prism so it was quite tricky to spot. The children did really well and battled through the soggy weather.
Class 4 were tasked with a gruelling treasure hunt all over the school, with three levels of difficulty to choose from. Teams raced against each other to solve the equations and find the treasure. Solving the sums was not the end of it though, as each answer was a digital sum that provided a letter. Once all the letters were assembled in the correct order, the children could locate the treasure and claim their prize!