Yesterday was our last session of ‘Split Maths.’ This year, on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we have split into three different maths groups to work on the areas of number and algebra. Mrs Placek takes one group, Mr J takes another and Miss Crowther takes the third group. There are students from 4/5P and 5/6JC in each group.
All groups have been focusing on problem solving for the past fortnight. We have solved word problems and number sentence problems with missing numbers. Yesterday was used our problem solving skills and logical reasoning when we played some games. Some students were surprised to discover that playing board games needs you to think strategically and logically – just like a mathematician!
Sudoku (above) is a Japanese game that requires lots of logic. You can use numbers or symbols. The aim of the game is to position the numbers or symbols so that there is only one of each in every row, column and box. It’s harder than it sounds!
We played another game where we had to create number sentences. The ‘=’ sign shows equivalence which means that the equation on each side of the sign must equal the same amount.