At the start of July, the Maths department at CFS welcomed over 130 Year 5 pupils from our partner primary schools in Calverton, Woodborough, Lambley and Lowdham for our annual Numeracy Days.
The key aims of the day were to challenge pupils’ mathematical skills and get them to apply these in different situations.The transition event also gave pupils an insight into what teaching and learning is like at CFS school and to see Maths as an interactive and fun subject to study. During the day the pupils took part in four different lessons.
The first lesson involved learning mathematical skills through using ICT, which was taught in the Maths departments ICT suite. Pupils investigated the properties of 3D shapes and how these can be drawn from different viewpoints. They also completed activities on the MyMaths website which is an excellent resource that can be used by all pupils at Colonel Frank Seely to improve their understanding of Maths.
Secondly, pupils were entertained and challenged in a problem solving session. Teachers used their ‘magic powers’ to predict the number that pupils were thinking of as well as mysteriously guessing their birthdays. Pupils then had to work in groups to solve a variety of problems.
A puzzle based lesson provided the third instalment and was eagerly attempted by all. Pupils attempted a problem called ‘Frogs’ which requires them to swap the position of two groups of frogs under certain conditions. Pupils worked in pairs to master the initial problem before extending this further. The emphasis was on making predictions, checking them and supporting answers with clearly explained reasons.
Finally, Miss Gill’s singing and dancing skills came to the fore as she delivered a fun numeracy lesson in German. Pupils used their language skills to play the popular game ‘The Weakest Link’ as well as other games like magic 11.
The two days were a huge success with all pupils having a great time and thoroughly enjoying studying different aspects of Numeracy in a new environment. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with our partner primary schools and working together to develop great mathematicians.
(Head of CFS Maths Department)