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We're trying to raise the standard and enjoyment of maths in school - particularly problem solving and are thinking of having a fun maths day/trail or something. I remember years ago reading in Child Ed something about a day that I think was based on Jim and the Beanstalk with lots of exciting activities around the book eg. measuring the giant's head for the wig etc.

 

Just wondering if anyone has done a fun maths day with all the school, or have any ideas (doesn't have to be based around a book). Our initial idea is to have two different 'things' one for FS/KS1 and another for KS2 rather than trying to have something right through the school. The classes would be split so that we could have three or six teams in FS/KS1 with representatives from each year group and likewise in KS2.

 

I'd love to hear if anyone has any ideas

 

Harricroft x

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When we have done these in the past a kind of treasure hunt around the school has gone down well. The hunt has usually been in the form of a photograph taken at close up or strange angle and once they find that place, there will be questions to answer relating to an aspect of maths (the last one was shape and sapce). The children really enjoy it, in FS, we just use the FS area of school. Another one we have done has involved members of staff being a 'number' and the 'clues' all ead to a particular answer, they then have to find that member of staff who then gves the next clue. This version involves more of the school but can be tricky to organise. Good fun though!!

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Thanks for that mundia. I think we've decided to let each class do their own thing, just having a real focus on maths every day, so we can tie it into a book or topic ... whatever seems most appropriate. We've also decided to keep to year based activities, rather than trying to mix the classes as we have before. Hope it will be fun.

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We held a problem solving evening last term. We had different activities laid out on tables in the hall and children and their parents came and worked their way round the hall solving the puzzles together. Number problems, puzzle problems, visual problems etc, lots from the govt. problem solving lunch box and others we picked up along the way.

We encouraged parents and children in (a problem for us) by holding a raffle, you come to the event you get a raffle ticket. Was extremely successful, our LEA advisor came and helped too!

Liz x

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I was once in a school where there was a 'maths olympics' where different events were held in diff classes-can't remember the activities though

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