Last week a maths problem was delivered to each year group in every school for our children to solve. The problems were based on maths in real life and needed practical solutions. Our Reception children had to work out how to make perfect porridge for bears, children in Year 1 worked together to use a certain number of lily pads to get a family of frogs across a pond to safety, and Year 2 children designed and constructed monuments. In Year 3 children were asked to solve problems using music and children in Year 4 explored maths magic with playing cards. For our older children in Year 5, children were asked to design a bridge that would hold a 0.5 KG weight and span a 20cm gap, whilst Year 6 children had to work out ratios to make the perfect cupcakes.
In the afternoon each school entered a team of five Year 4 children into our Compass Trust maths competition, and the teams worked hard all afternoon, collaborating to solve multiplication riddles and conundrums. The day was a huge success and this week children have enjoyed seeing how the same year group in another school have tackled the same problem.