Is there a mistake?

Yesterday afternoon, we were set the challenge to see if Miss Shields had made any mistakes in the arithmetic test. This is a skill that we’ve been trying to improve as we have been making some minor errors in our arithmetic tests that could be corrected if we ensured we checked our working out. We were able to spot the mistakes and could identify where she had gone wrong.

Drawing pictograms

Crew Hamill had so much fun in maths today when we worked as a crew to gather data about all of our favourite things. We then used this data to create pictograms that illustrated our findings. We talked about the key and which pictures and values would be best to represent our data. After we’d done a couple together, we then worked on gathering our own data and producing our own pictograms.

Interpreting Pictograms

Today, Crew Hamill kickstarted their new maths unit – statistics – by interpreting pictograms. We first identified what a pictogram was and discussed how these are used to illustrate data. We worked as a crew to discuss a pictogram that detailed the number of animals a vet had seen during a week. We identified that a key shows what each of the pictures are worth within the table and then used this to answer a number of questions about it. Following this, we worked in mini crews to answer a range of questions about different pictograms, interpreting the data in front of us.

Finding Change

Crew Hamill finished their money unit in maths by spending the lesson working out how much change people should receive. They had three activities to complete on a round robin. The first group involved continuing in our fruit and veg shop with Miss Kelly. They identified the items they wanted to buy, worked out how much they were going to cost them and then worked out the change they should get when purchasing with £5 or £10. The second group involved working their way around the room to identify challenge questions (1, 2 or 3 stars for difficulty) and solving them. These all involved either one step or multi step questions that required them to identify change. The final group involved working in a cafe. The children had to choose one drink, one food item and one dessert. They then had to work out how much they had spent by adding the amounts together. Once they knew what they had spent, they had to work out how much change they would get from £5 or £10.

Practical Maths with Money

Today, Crew Hamill got to grips with using money in the real world by becoming shoppers and shop keepers! We have our own little fruit and veg shop set up in crew that we were able to visit and spend our pocket money at. We had to figure out which items we could by and decide if we had enough money to pay for them all by adding the prices of them together. The shopkeeper then had to figure out how much change we should get by subtracting the amount we had spent from the amount we paid with. Alongside this, we went on a challenge hunt around the room, deciding which colour challenge we were going to attempt. These challenges had addition and subtraction money problems on them and we had so much fun working out the answers!

Maths in MI

Our do now allowed us to recap our work on time, using past and to on an analogue clock. We then moved onto our new unit- statistics. We explored pictograms today which we really enjoyed. In magic maths we played lots of games to practise our times tables then we recapped some work on fractions. Some great maths learning in MI today 🙂