Friday, 19 March 2010

Maths workshop

Parents were invited to a Mathematics workshop to explore how children learn Mathematics at Newport as well as receive information as to which strategies children use to solve sums at different ages.

The children showed how a variety of games can be used to support learning and even challenged a few parents to solve some problems.

Problem solving caused some parents to 'break out in a sweat' until they were shown the strategies used by the children.

There was lots of laughter to be heard as parents explored how to solve problems and explain their thinking.

One of the activities was:
1: Think of a number between 1 and 9
2: Multiply by 9
3: Add the digits in your answer
4: Subtract 5
5: Count that number as if it were the letters of the alphabet
6: Think of a country starting with that letter
7: The 2nd letter - think of an animal
8: Think of a colour for your animal

What do you get? I know what you are thinking of. Play this game with a few friends and see if they think of the same animal. How does it work? It's all down to numbers!

The children were very excited to share their learning. They asked questions and provided solutions to problems. More than that, they set everything up and were very excited to take part in the workshop.

If you missed this one - I hope to see you at the next one.

Mrs Lloyd

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