Category Archives: Maths Week

Videos: Be prepared for an Earthquake!

Here are Year 5’s instruction videos informing you of what to do during an earthquake.

They have put in order and fully explained each step to make sure you stay safe in the event of an earthquake. This seems unlikely, you may say, but many of us go on holiday to areas which are affected by earthquakes. Birmingham also experienced an earthquake in 2008 so being prepared is useful.

Well done Year 5.

Home building project

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Yesterday Kestrels class finished their Earthquake home building project.

They used iPads and DIY stores to cost up the decorating costs for their homes.

They used real prices and designs and worked very well together to come to decisions about prices and designs.

They will now create one room from their home using a cardboard box. Miss Birmingham can’t wait to see their finished designs.

Earthquake project

Y5 have been continuing with their earthquake project. They have now not only designed the layout of the houses (to replace those demolished after an earthquake), but are moving on the deciding what materials they will need to decorate the house inside. Today they had to make choices about the flooring. Should they use carpet? Where would laminate or vinyl be best?

Costing
The first stage was to use the internet to find out the cost of the carpet or flooring they would like to use. Levi said – after finding that the cheapest carpet was £5.99 per sq metre. “We shouldn’t use that, because the cheapest is not always the best.”

Levi says cheapest isn't always best
Levi says cheapest isn’t always best

As a result his group decided to go with carpet which was £9.99 a sq metre.

How much was needed?
They groups then went on to decide how much was needed, by laying out model strips of laminate, carpet or vinyl and then using a calculator to multiply the cost per unit, by the amount needed.

Katie said: “I know there are 45 sections of carpet because there are 9 rows of 5.”

Katie and her group know how many sections there are to a carpet
Katie and her group

Have a look at the work they did here…

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Well done Year 5!

Well done to Year 5, nearly everyone moved up a group in our times tables club. Some children even moved up 2! Keep up the hard work and nearly all of you will be on the 88club.

We finished our treasure map. Now who knows where the treasure is? This week can be summed up by Sophie “I didn’t like maths, and now I do. I’ve loved maths week!”

Magic Squares

We have discovered countdown today in Year 5 and we love it! Have a go at home, just Google ‘countdown maths investigation’.

We also finished all the clues we could for our treasure map. How many did you manage to get? Tomorrow we will be piecing the map together to see if we can find the treasure.

This afternoons competition was magic squares. Congratulations  to Jordan and Jacob who came first and second. Again if you want to do more or show anyone else just google ‘magic squares’.

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Newspaper tower challenge

What a day! I’ll be seeing newspaper towers in my sleep. Our tower was 2 meters high (how many cm is that?). We have a very good chance of winning with that. Again, another improvement in our times tables. Keep the hard work going. Today also led to more treasure map pieces being achieved. Only a few more clues to go and we might be ready to solve the puzzle of the treasure!

Beautiful patterns

Today the class were using rotational symmetry to create beautiful patterns. They used either tracing paper or a piece of card to replicate their pattern. It was great to see such a range of colours used and this has made some amazing works of art. We also started our maths treasure island hunt! We are finding the answers to maths puzzles to gain parts of a treasure map and hunt down the treasure.