Putting maths into ac­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT -

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.”



Oliver Tul­loch and his big brother Max after tak­ing part in their school’s Chess Grand Prix

Pho­tos by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410868

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

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