Thank you to everyone (and especially those parents who gave up their time to come into school to tell us about their jobs) for making Maths Week such a wonderful success. Lots of positive experiences, collaboration and challenges contributed to a really engaging themed week that was celebrated in our sharing assembly.
Below is the link to the hands-up survey undertaken by the children at the end of the week, which includes lots of positive feedback and some lovely comments.
Maths Week Celebration
Friday's assembly was used to celebrate all the brilliant and wonderful things that went on in Maths Week: from the Quantum Theatre Company; to the carousel activities; and onto the Brain Blaster Puzzle Challenge; not forgetting the parents who came in to give us an insight into how important Maths is in the world of jobs.
Thank you to everyone for making the week such a success.
Brain Blaster Challenge
The Happy Puzzle Company have been challenging the children all day with a Brain Blaster challenge - judging from the engagement, amount of activity, conversation levels and the number of smiles and arms in the air, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.
The children have had great fun during Maths week, not least on the carousel activities, which were wide-ranging in terms of experiences and yet very challenging with a great emphasis on teamwork:
Monday 2nd October marks the start of Maths Week. Children from Year 1 to Year 6 will experience The Adventure Of The Missing Number with the Quantum Theatre Company on Monday and children from Year 2 upwards will enjoy Brain Blaster puzzle workshops with the Happy Puzzle Company on Thursday. All of the children in the school will participate in a Maths Carousel and Friday provides everyone with the opportunity to dress up with the Wear-A-Pattern-To-School day.
Contributions have been requested for children in Year 1 upwards to help us cover the costs of the events.
If you are a parent whose job involves Maths in any way and you can spare some time to come into school to talk about it please let your child's class teacher know and they will organise a mutually convenient time.
Please take a look at our children's feedback, parents' comments collated by our Children's Council to follow.
Maths Enrichment Day - The Miscalculation of Cap'n Half-Inch
Monday saw Quantum Theatre come to Howe Dell to present a play based around the four number operations and fractions to groups of Year 1&2 children and Year 3&4 children. Feedback from both the children and staff was fantastic and overwhelmingly positive with staff saying that the children "were exposed to concepts they had not seen before, which was great" and praised the production for its fun element but also "great visuals".
See what it looked like and what the children had to say about it on the PowerPoint below.
Many thanks to all of you who supported the event with your contributions.
DINOSAUR AND VOLCANO WONDER DAY - Wednesday 10th June 2015
The Science Dome Experience with Photos, Feedback and Evaluations
2 STEVES RETURN TO HOWE DELL: ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS
Aims of the Day
To inspire real purposes for writing.
To motivate family learning, encouraging parents to share stories with children.
To enjoy humour and fun as a way into storytelling.
What was the thinking behind this project?
Day 1: Into the World of the Nightingale. In Multi-purpose Hall
Based on the story of The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Through a carefully structured workshop the pupils together with the facilitators will recreate the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale - The Nightingale. Set in China, the children will be taken on an exciting journey encountering different situations and characters including a visit to the Emperor’s Palace. Learn how to greet the Emperor, how to move like an Emperor and how to dance with Chinese fans and water sleeves. An exciting new experiential workshop led by the Yellow Earth education team.
Day 2 : Lights, Screens and Magic:
This workshop introduces Chinese Shadow Puppetry, its history and origins, using examples of traditional Chinese shadow puppets. Then mixing puppetry, Beijing Opera movements and paper cutting, the children make their own “shadow puppets” and perform with them in a traditional Chinese tale.
Maths Week: 23-27 February 2015
"I never knew Maths could be so fun".
"I don't want Maths week to end - can we have another one soon?"
Were just some of the comments we received from the children.
The focus of the week was WORKING MATHEMATICALLY.
Our Maths week started on Monday and Tuesday with each class from Year 1 to Year 6 enjoying an extended PROBLEM SOLVING session in the hall provided by World Of Maths - some of the activities were extremely challenging but all of them were great fun!
Wednesday saw Years 1 to 4 on Mathletics, trying to gain a place on the Mathletics Leader Board. In the afternoon all of the school came together to enjoy and participate in carousel activities.
Magical Maths (who run an After School Club on a Monday) whizzed around every class from Reception upwards on Thursday, which proved to be an enormous success.
Finally, Friday was our Wear-A-Pattern-To-School Day, which resulted in lots of interesting combinations of stipes, spots, checks and colours.
What a GREAT WEEK with loads of WONDERFUL, ENRICHED MATHEMATICAL VOCABULARY!