Above are the answers to the ‘Holiday Mathematics Challenge’ leaflet. Have a look to see if you got them correct.
The Maths Ambassadors were asked to create this leaflet by Liverpool City Council Numeracy Action Group. The leaflets were given out at John Lennon Airport on Thursday 13th April to departing children and adults, so that they could enjoy some maths while they travel.
Maths Quote of the Month (April):
'Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts.' Albert Einstein.
Its aims are to raise the profile of Numeracy/Mathematics, to:
Primary and secondary schools all across Liverpool are taking part and we are one of them!
For us, taking part in this scheme has been a great opportunity to shout about all the brilliant things we are already doing in the subject of Maths.
The assessor for the award came to visit us on the 5th April. During her visit she met with staff and governors as well as having the opportunity to meet our wonderful children. She was very pleased with what she was able to observe and talk to the children about and I am very pleased to report that we were awarded GOLD Standard for our achievements. This is fantastic for the school and a huge endorsement of what we are doing at Greenbank.
Maths door challenges
Here are some recent ones - have a go...
Watch out for the following events happening through this academic year!!
Our Mathematics Ambassadors have been selected- so it is with pleasure that I can present:
Greenbank Primary 2016-2017 Mathematics Ambassadors
Plus a couple of others who are missing from the photo.
We meet every Monday and Thursday at 12.15 in the Mathematics Room.
Let's hear from the Ambassadors themselves as to what they have been up to:
Already this year we have been doing amazing things to help encourage our peers with their maths. We have led assemblies to tell everyone who we are and what we will be doing, as well as this we are in the process of setting up a maths after school club for infant children to help them enjoy maths.
Our big project so far, was to bring maths to the playground in order to make it more enjoyable and fun for all children at lunchtimes. We wanted to do this through having zoned areas on the playground where you could play maths games - like connect four, monopoly and read maths story books. To raise the funds for this project, we had to present our idea to the Schools PTFA who very generously awarded us our bid of £1266, which will cover our setting up costs. We are so pleased with this achievement and can't wait for the games to arrive!
Recently, we had some local Councillors visit our School who we had the huge privilege to meet. We also had the opportunity to tell them about what we are doing as Maths Ambassadors and the project for the school yard. They were very impressed and suggested that we also place a bid into the 'Mayoral Fund' to ask for money towards a reading bench/storage area that we were keen to purchase. This bid has been submitted and we eagerly await its outcome - we will keep you posted.
Written by Millie (Maths Ambassadors Chair)
Happy PI day everyone!
14th March 2017
We celebrated PI in style with maths assemblies, lessons to investigate what PI is and artwork to represent the number.
Maths week this year had the topic focus of 'Maths4Life', thinking specifically about how the maths we learn in school relates to what we do outside of school and when we grow up in the world of work. To help us do this, we had some of our fantastic parents and local businesses come into school to join us for a job fayre, showing our children how they use maths as an architect, a sound technician, a doctor, a cafe owner (Wigwam), an independent business (Lady Lavender Tea), within the HM Revenue and as a photography hobbyist. The children saw maths brought to life and in a real life context, this caused great interest and enthusiasm amongst children and adult alike.
The impact of this has been bigger then we had hoped, one year 6 boy commented that he now understood why maths is important in school, 'I need maths when I'm older for when I go to work'.
Other exciting things that took place this week: each class had a Maths games session with another class in a different key stage (e.g. Year 1 worked with year 5) as well as this they also discussion some philosophical thinking for example 'what would happen if there was no number 6?' or 'what would happen if there was no time?'
National Young Mathematicians Award 2016/2017
In November, four of our year 6 children took part in round one of the National Young Mathematicians Awards. The children greatly enjoyed the opportunity to compete against other local school and show off their mathematical ability. The organisers commented that our children demonstrated some fantastic team work skills and agreed on a solid recording system for the all of the problems. They also mentioned that it took a long time to find a solution for problem 2 which impacted the time that they could spend on the third challenge which had a result on the findings for that particular part of the task.
Unfortunately, the group haven’t progressed on to the National final on the 7th December which will be held in London but we wanted to say a very big thank you to those children who represented our school in this way and we hope that you enjoyed your experience.
During this term we have had the pleasure of inviting Explore Learning into school to lead maths workshops in Year 5, 3, 2 and 1. Within these sessions the children have been encountering real life maths in a fun and interactive way with title of sessions such as ’Fraction Pizzeria’, Lost in the Atlantic on a greedy pursuit for treasure’ and ‘Zoo keepers for a day’. Needless to say all children taking part have been fully engaged and really enjoyed the activities.
Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton!
Have a look at the PowerPoint below to find out more about his life and his important discoveries!
National Number Day 2017
We were delighted to support the NSPCC by taking part in their Number Day on Friday 17th February 2017.
Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it. On 17th February we took part in Dress up for Digits and pupils were invited to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (cap, netball shirt or a onesie. Mrs Plant even wore a Tutu!) in aid of raising money for the NSPCC.
We had lots of fun taking part in this special event and we really appreciate all the support from our whole community. We raised almost £300 at Greenbank and this will make an enormous difference to children today and help change the lives of children tomorrow.
Look at the use of maths in our P.E. lessons as well as drama.
We are now a Mathematics Mastery partner school, you can find out more information about what this means for our school on the 'About us' tab, under curriculum.
Websites and apps we recommend for use at home:
Why not encourage your child to complete the following maths problems:
BBC Bitesize Maths http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/ or http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Top Marks http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
Doorway online http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/
ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
Family Toolkit http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/
Some other ideas can be found on http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/learningathome/supportingnumeracy/index.asp
Star Dash Studios
Try this new maths game app from National Numeracy - the runner game that improves your maths while exploring the world of film.