Children at Porchester Junior School held a Maths Week to explore the subject in depth.
Mr Widdowson (Maths Coordinator) said, “This has been a ‘creative maths’ week. The children had opportunities to see how maths can be applied in real world situations from measuring circumferences of tree trunks and working out how much carpet is needed to cover a floor, to working out a perimeter, area and volume using Minecraft -as well as using compass directions to create chalk letters on the school playground.”
The week culminated with a visit from the Happy Puzzle Company who worked with the pupils on different fun ways to use their maths skills. Karen Wood of the Happy Puzzle Company said that working in teams can change the dynamics of puzzle solving. “They have to think logically -but as part of the team, and respond to how their teammates tackle the puzzle. It is an engaging way of using their maths skills and they are learning and having fun at the same time.”
The last task of the day demonstrated how different people see and respond in different ways to stimuli; showing pupils why they sometimes approach problems in different ways to their friends.
Pupil Isabelle Warsop took part in the challenge where the children watched a spinning disc with a spiral on it and then looked away at another object. Some pupils reported that objects grew wider or moved, and others said colours were more vivid. Isabelle said, “The disc was really good, when I looked away it illuminated the thing I looked at and went a bit weird! The lesson was great and I did things I didn’t know I could do.”