## Using Mathematics

Recently P6 have been working with fractions. We have been learning how to make equivalent fractions and also how to simplify fractions to make them easier to work with.

To begin our new term we have been looking at equivalent fractions. In pairs we were given a variety of cubes to explore different ways in which each set could be divided into equal subsets. We then discussed how each fraction could be presented as a diagram called a pie chart.

Recently we have been learning about quadrilaterals. Our learning intention was to be able to recognise/describe shapes according to their properties. To familiarise ourselves with the correct properties i.e. angles, lines of symmetry, pairs of parallel sides, we handled the shapes, made them on pin boards, drew them and wrote about them. We can now recognise and describe a rhombus, parallelogram, trapezium and kite as well as a square and rectangle of course!!

We conducted an investigation to see if there was any pattern regarding multiplying Even X Even numbers, Odd X Odd numbers, and Even X Odd number. We started off by making an hypothesis and then worked in pairs to test whether or not our hypothesis was correct. This required A LOT of thinking!

So far in Maths we have been looking at BIG numbers, including numbers into the millions! We enjoyed working in groups to order the prices of footballers and were surprised by how expensive some players were.

We have also been Handling Data. This involved drawing graphs and writing about them. After some guided work Mrs Crowe set us an investigation which we had to complete independently using the skills we had learned previously. Often a game requires us to throw a 6 so as we can begin e.g. as in Ludo or Snakes and Ladders. Sometimes this feels like an impossible task so we were asked to investigate if the number 6 is the hardest number to roll on a dice. It was up to us to create our own data recording sheets, carry out the investigation, draw a graph to show our results and come to a conclusion based on the evidence in front of us. We discovered that the number 6 is no harder to throw than any other number.