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Maths in context

Forget the advice not to work with children or animals.  When undertaking a maths task, my advice is not to work with children and food.  Not when you are using the food to actually work!  Here’s some maths from a few weeks ago:

square based pyramid
square based pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

triangle based pyramid
triangle based pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little brother returns from Nursery!
little brother returns from Nursery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t eat your work!  It could collapse!  This work was based upon some research into the seven wonders of the world following on from learning about The Great Wall of China.  The inspiration came from the fantastic Dyson Challenge cards we have.  Great mathematical and design learning came from this, along with some very fiddly marshmallow co-ordinating to attempt a geodesic dome…

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To move from the concrete to abstract, we have used this practical work to learn how to accurately draw a pyramid as well as other 3D shapes.  A protractor is on order to reinforce the angles that we have been talking about, along with a compass.  Feels very grown up, I remember getting my first geometry set for the start of secondary!