World Maths Day 2018

On Wednesday 7th March, we celebrated World Maths Day across the school.

To link with the global theme of our World Book Day, classes visited a variety of teachers in the morning to explore maths from around the world. In the afternoon, children had the opportunity to participate in a free, fun online competition with up to 4 million students from across the globe.

Mrs B & Ms Rogers
If the world were a village of 100 people, 9 would speak English, 13 would belong to the Hindu faith, 10 would own a computer and 20 would be severely undernourished. During Maths Day this year, we explored the experiences of the 7.6 billion people that live on our planet and used a range of resources to create graphs, charts and pictures to present the information we discovered. The children demonstrated fabulous skills of collaboration, problem solving and data analysis.
Miss Wilson & Miss Bowen
How do we know about the hidden number code found in so many aspects of nature? This was thanks to the brilliant mathematician Leonardo da Pisa (aka Fibonacci). We learnt how his famous ‘Fibonacci sequence’ is formed, explored plants and animals that show Fibonacci spirals and numbers and made our very own Fibonacci-inspired creations. Furthermore, year 5 and 6 investigated patterns in Pascal’s triangles, using a variety of addition strategies.
Mr Bowden & Mr Jane
As part of World Maths Day we looked at Mandala.  These originated as a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe and the never ending cycle of life.  They are built out of geometric patterns built up over a long period of time, using straight lines and angles.  Looking at mandala is supposed to instill an inner calmness.
The children had the opportunity to create mandala of their own using wool on card templates. As you can see, the children enjoyed the task immensely and  used knowledge of angles and shape to create their patterns.  Making these mandala was an exercise in inner peace in both process and product, and of course provided the children with a great hands-on maths learning opportunity!
Mr Cooley & Mr Luke
Inspired by the Dutch artist M.C Escher the children created artwork using tessellation. Years 3 and 4 explored using 2D shapes to create regular and irregular tessellations inspired by the world around us, while years 5 and 6 created their own stencils to create their tessellation artwork. The patterns and ingenuity of the children was fantastic creating some wonderful tessellations!  
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