Maths Day

4JM started the day with a debate: What is maths? Why do we need maths? How do we use it in everyday life? We faced a number of investigations throughout the day. With the Ice-Cream Challenge we had to investigate how many different combinations of three ice-cream flavours are possible on a double cone (2 scoops per cone). We had to think about good methods and how to work systematically. We recorded our results and used them to identify a pattern which enabled us to predict the number of combinations for any number of flavours. In the Aztec investigation, golden nuggets were available in groups of 6s, 9s and 20s. Using those groups, how could we make 43? We learnt that 43 is a special number as it is the highest number that you cannot make using those groups. Using this as our starting point we also found out the other numbers you can’t make: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37 and 43.

6B enjoyed their reaction tests, whilst 4WM  had fun with their investigations during the day.

Blue Class and Indigo Class teamed up and did a shape investigation. They had to sort statements about shapes and put them in the correct category. Thomasina (Blue) said, “It was a fun day” Jude S (Indigo) said, ” I liked learning about shapes”