Putting maths into action
CHILDREN had a busy day applying themselves to numeracy. Thomas Harding School, in Fullers Hill, Chesham, held a Maths Day on Tuesday last week, with the aim of promoting enjoyment in maths, challenging children in maths, and giving them an understanding of how maths is used in everyday life.
Year six pupils were paid a visit by staff from Chancellors estate agents, who explained how they use maths in their jobs.
The pupils then ventured into the high street to explore ‘maths in the community’. This involved visiting businesses such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Thomson, Waterstones and Adrian Cole, where children carried out various tasks and activities related to each company.
Children in years three, four and five spent the day solving problems and taking part in outdoor learning activities involving maths games.
Deputy headteacher Jon Turner said: “The day’s been hugely successful in that the children have been stimulated and had to think about the maths they use. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, commenting on how much fun they had during the day.”
BACK IN TIME:
Oliver Tulloch and his big brother Max after taking part in their school’s Chess Grand Prix
OUT AND ABOUT: (Left) Children ready to set off for their visit to shops around Chesham; (above) pupils in year 3H making shops and using money
BUYING AND SELLING: Pupils in year 3I try to balance the books while playing shops
Claudia Osuhor and Liam Glintzer, both eight, learn about Ancient Egyptian numerals; (right) Millie Richardson, eight, practises writing the Egyptian characters