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Global Maths Day

posted 13 Jun 2014, 13:41 by Sian Granville
On Thursday we had our third maths day of the year, with the focus being maths which looked at information and issues from around the world. As usual there was lots of enthusiasm and some wonderful maths!


The children in Foundation looked at the different two dimensional shapes they could see in artefacts from around the world and also shapes they could see in flags from different countries.

Year 1 had a map of the KS1 grounds with the names of different countries, sorted into continents. They had to find the flag of the country and answer the doubling or halving problem that was on the flag.

Year 2 were focusing on shape. They had some great discussions about the names and characteristics of 2D and 3D shapes and whether they were symmetrical.  They spent their morning in the wild life garden, identifying different shapes in nature, such as a cylinder for a tree trunk. They also looked at which shapes were symmetrical.

Year 3 compared the prices of basic food items in different countries. They looked at four countries which were in the same World Cup groups, identifying and drawing their flags and calculating the total price for a list of food items.  They also had a wordsearch problem, where the children had to work out calculations to get a letter. These letters then made words that had a global theme such as environment and footprint.

Y4 linked their global maths to the world cup. They had a picture with lots of different coloured football shirts. They had to work out the fraction of the t-shirts that were red, yellow etc. They then created bar charts, showing the different number shirts in each colour. Year 4 also created Carroll diagrams with flags and they looked at the price of a Fairtrade bar of chocolate and discussed how much each person involved in the process should earn.

In Y5 the children looked at our connections around the world, thinking about countries where we have family or friends as well as other connections like favourite football players or musicians. They used maps to locate the countries and worked with the scale to find out how  many kilometres away the country is and what the time difference is. In the afternoon they looked at the two dimensional shapes in flags from around the world and investigated what would happen if they translated and rotated those shapes.

Y6 looked at how much basic items cost on average per week. They chose the items they would like to buy and worked out how much that would cost them for a day. This was around £10. This was then linked to people living below the poverty line of £1 and looking at what they would get for £1. They had to think about what they really needed and how difficult it would be to live on less than £1.

The photographs show what a wide variety of maths we all did, indoors and outside too, showing maths is all around us! Well done to all the teachers and staff who worked so imaginatively to think up the activities and congratulations to all the children who worked so hard at all the activities!