On Friday we celebrated the NSPCC’s number day and made maths the theme of the day. We started the day by thinking about how much maths we actually use in our day to day life- not including maths lessons at school. We then thought about careers and learned almost every career we talked about required some element of math. We had nursing, where measuring medication is extremely important, baking, measuring materials, architecture, measuring spaces, surface area and calculating angles and even plumbing where measuring and costing materials is vital. Using the idea of careers as inspiration we also looked at famous mathematicians who have each played a part in developing and founding key mathematical concepts such as Einstein, Turing, Lovelace and Pythagoras. We worked in pairs to create a book creator based on some of these famous mathematicians finding out about their life, what inspired them and how they changed the world of maths. We also spend some time practising our own maths skills when making krispy cakes. We had to calculate, measure and weight ingredients in groups to make our cakes as well as thinking about and calculate costing and key nutritional information. We finished off the morning with some maths puzzles, which required lots of determination and resilience. We were given a set of number problems where the numbers 1-12 were represented by a shape. Through trial and error we worked in pairs to substitute each of the shapes for a number.
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