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Mathematics Corner!

Welcome to the mathematics corner. Mathematics is actually quite a broad area of learning and shares many elements with science.  As  you get older you may be interested in finding out more about algerbra, pure mathematics, statistics, geometry or something else.  Mathematics plays a key role in the technological advances that shape our world.  If you like to think logically and analytically then you may consider a career in mathematics which can be as wide and varied as the subject itself – from studying climate change to accounting and banking.

Mrs Skouros
Mathematics Subject Leader

White Rose Maths Challenges

During each week of home learning this term, White Rose have set family maths challenges.  Each week there was a set of questions which become increasingly complex.  You can choose the questions you would like to try (answers are also attached at the bottom).  They are fun to try and discuss as a family.  You might choose to write some similar questions of your own too.

In Week 3, the challenge was to try some cooking together which is why there are recipes instead of questions.

Week 7 was a football challenge. You can find the links below:

Year 1 and 2

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsvgn9q

Year 3

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmtx8hv

Year 4

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsrgp4j

Year 5

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbdwg7h

Year 6

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znd9ydm

Measuring - Length

Create your own unit of measurement for length. (I chose a cuddly tiger tiger).

Measure how tall different items around your home are. My chair is 6 tigers tall. 

How will you ensure that you measure accurately? How will you record your findings?

Measuring - Capacity

What do you already know about measuring capacity?

If you put an ice cube in a glass, how many millilitres (ml) does it take to cover your ice cube completely?

Does it take twice as much water to cover 2 ice cubes?

How many millilitres would you predict is in your favourite glass for drinking from? After you make a prediction, measure it in millilitres?

Do you know how many millilitres make 1 litre?  How about 1 pint?

Liquid capacity is also linked to weight.  How much does 1 litre of water weigh? Measure out 1 litre and then weigh it. Does the result surprise you?

Once you have finished investigating, make a fun poster to share your findings!

Tangrams

You will only need one piece of paper to do this activity.  Ask an adult to help you with the drawing and the cutting.  You will need to make sure that all of the sides are straight.  This activity is taken from the NRICH maths website page:

nrich.maths.org/6715

A tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle where you make pictures using mathematical shapes.  Make a set of tangram pieces from squared paper as shown above (click on the picture to make it bigger). 

Can you make each of these pictures using your seven pieces?

Once you have done this, explore other shapes that you can make. You can make a background to stick the pieces onto to make a permanent picture.

There are lots of other tangram ideas on Twinkl:

www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=tangrams

Kite Maths

It’s amazing how much maths and fun you can have with a kite.  Have a look at this link to not only learn how to make a fabulous kite but also to explore many of the geometric concepts associated with kites.  Best of all, can you get outside and fly your home-made kite?!

www.transum.org/Software/Fun_Maths/kite

Maths Challenge Answers

Don't forget, there are lots more links to activities here onn the 'Home Learning' page of our website:

www.st-peters-sch.uk/Our-Learning/home-learning