Maths on the minds of stu­dents

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham dis­trict maths teach­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to take a deeper un­der­stand­ing of math­e­mat­ics ‘big ideas’ back to their class­rooms fol­low­ing an ed­u­ca­tion con­fer­ence.

The Math­e­mat­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria will run a Math­e­mat­ics Ed­u­ca­tion Con­fer­ence at Hor­sham West and Haven Pri­mary School on Au­gust 2. The con­fer­ence will fea­ture five pre­sen­ters and more than 20 hands-on work­shops fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing in the class­room.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Saf­fin said the con­fer­ence was a great op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers to build and en­hance maths ed­u­ca­tion across the re­gion.

Hor­sham West and Haven Pri­mary School stu­dents were in on the math­e­mat­ics ac­tion early with a line-up of nu­mer­acy ac­tiv­i­ties last week.

Teacher He­lene Mason said the week in­cluded dice, board games, and ‘favourite num­ber’ themed days.

She said the aim was to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to ap­pre­ci­ate the use of math­e­mat­ics in ev­ery­day life and pro­vide a fun learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to de­velop their math­e­mat­i­cal skills.

The school news­let­ter fea­tured a prob­lem­solv­ing com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents, and ‘World of Maths’ ses­sions ran through­out the week.

“The World of Maths ses­sions in­volved lots of prob­lem solv­ing while also fo­cus­ing on build­ing soft skills like col­lab­o­ra­tion, re­silience and risk tak­ing,” Mrs Mason said.

“Through a se­ries of games, chil­dren are in­tro­duced to many maths con­cepts that they will en­counter not only in school, but in the real world.”

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