As part of World Maths day we invited parents into school to see what we were getting up to in maths. Every class had a table in the hall to show parents and pupils what they were doing in maths. Mrs Conway asked some of the Year 6 pupils to visit the different activities in the hall and interview the pupils, parents and teachers about what was happening and what they thought about maths at Miriam Lord.
Maths Day March 2012 on PhotoPeach
Hamza K asked Year 5 what methods they used to help themselves in maths was told by Ummehani that they use the column method for adding and taking away. Amaan told Hamza that they used the grid method for multiplication and went on to describe the superlearner steps. He also mentioned that they use the coin facts for division on a numberline. HamzaK was surprised at how clearly it was all described to him.
Aliyah enjoyed talking to Year 1. Pupils told her that they had a jigsaw puzzle, which was 4 by 2, that they used to make sums. Alisha and Hanan told Aliyah that they love maths as they often get to play different maths games like these. They went on to explain that when they add they use a numberline and start with the biggest number and they mark with a whiteboard pen the jumps and count on. Hanan described taking away using her fingers to help and described how some other people in her class sometimes use a numberline to do this.
Tahibah observed one pupil trying to explain to a parent how BLP and your learning muscles can help with maths. They were stressing the importance of revising, persevering and collaborating in great detail which was quite impressive. Shabi-Al-Hassan said that at the Reception table they were having fun counting wheels and a parent there told him that he enjoyed Maths Day and said he was impressed with children’s learning.
Teijiri interviewed some parents and he said that the feedback that he got was that they really enjoyed coming in and trying the activities. Most of them really enjoyed the chance to use the netbooks to see what activities they could use with their children at home and some parents admitted that they had never been on a computer before so were very impressed that everyone was keen to help them and show them what to do. One parent of a Year 3 pupils said that she is now going to take her son to the library to use the computers there at the weekend which is a fantastic idea.
We had lots of other lovely comments made by pupils and parents.
What do you think about maths at Miriam Lord?