World Maths Day 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, we celebrated ‘World Maths Day 2017’

‘What a fantastic day for the children, as they have really showcased their Maths learning through creating reasoning problems, involving measures. The day was designed to really promote ‘The Three Aims’ of Maths too, in particular Aim 2 (‘To confidently prove the reason using logic, clear explanations and the correct mathematical language’) and Aim 3 (‘To persevere in seeking solutions, to a variety of problems’). This has improved the children’s deep understanding of many concepts in the Maths curriculum and further increased their enjoyment of Maths even more’.

The ‘Three Aims’ of Mathematics are:-

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

What does this mean?

‘To fluently recall and apply a range of mathematical skills, showing a deep understanding’.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

What does this mean?

‘To confidently prove the reason using logic, clear expectations and the correct mathematical language’.

 

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

What does this mean?

‘To persevere in seeking solutions, to a variety of problems’.

All of the children from the School Nursery to Year 6, created their own reasoning problems involving measure.  These were then attached to individual balloons and launched on Wednesday afternoon, into the air for people across the area to find, solve and send their answers back. Last year a balloon was found in Birchwood, Warrington and the furthest place a balloon travelled was Barnstaple, North Devon!

Check out the photographs of our activities, challenges and balloon launch below: