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Thursday, 24 Jun 2010
On Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June, a total of 120 primary school students from Beechview and Highworth Schools visited the RGS for the now-annual Primary Maths Day.
Throughout the morning, the children were given three very different challenges, described here by three of the RGS sixth-formers who helped to run the day.
In this session the students made different patterns on a clock face, by drawing lines from 12 to the next number in different increments. For example, adding 4 each time resulted in a triangle being drawn, while adding 7 resulted in a star. The students found that there were pairs of numbers which gave the same shape, for example 3 and 9 give a square, while 2 and 10 give a hexagon. Some students noticed that these pairs of numbers always add to give 12.
This activity was then extended to using a clock face with only 10 hours in a day. The same process was applied to this problem, and some students were quick to predict that the pairs of identical shapes would be returned by numbers adding to give 10. In all I think the children really enjoyed the challenges which the activities presented and I found it very rewarding to be able to help them along the way.
(Written by Ben Thomas)
The ICT Workshop involved tasks that challenged the children's mental arithmetic and research skills, including the Countdown game and a maths internet treasure hunt.
The workshop was designed to appeal to a range of abilities, which made it both fun and challenging for the more competitive ones. Indeed, some took it so seriously that they wanted to beat me on the grid game - and some succeeded, which resulted in a massive drop in my confidence in maths!
(Written by Tom Kershaw)
During the Maths Trail, the pupils were divided into pairs, and given a map of the school and a clipboard, which they had to use to find questions around the school site. The Sixth Formers would then be available to offer help where needed, whether this was with the questions or reading the map.
At the end of the session, all of the questions had been reached by at least one pair, so pupils were able to compare and check their answers. It was a challenge that was enjoyed by all pupils, as it added an extra element to simply doing maths questions.
(Written by Ed Furniss)
Source: Maths Department