## Using Mathematics

In P6 we have started a new Maths topic - volume. To begin with we have been using cubes to make shapes of certain volume. We have also been counting cubes to work out the volume of irregular shapes.

To introduce our new topic of volume we played a game whereby we had to describe the surface area of our shape to our partner who had to write down the correct dimensions and work out the answer using the formula L x B x H. We enjoyed this challenge and Miss Farquhar was very happy with our level of maturity throughout our descriptions. We then played a volume game on the computer taking it in turns whilst working with our partner to further consolidate our learning.

Our new Maths topic is 'Fractions, Decimals and Percentages'.

The children are enjoying learning how they are all connected. In order to revise fractions the children played a game of 'pairs' matching the fractions. Things were beginning to get very competitive towards the end!

In P6 we have been learning how to make a percentage into a fraction. We enjoyed playing the percentage challenge where we had to match the percentage with the correct fraction.

The P7s have been using the computer program 'Logo' to create procedures for various shapes. Miss Farquhar then gave them a challenge to design a ship, similar to that of the Titanic. Watch this shpace to see some final pieces of work!

Our new Maths topic is Angles. We have been learning the names of angles and their corresponding degrees. We have also been calculating the angles of turns on the 8 point compass.

We have also been learning about parallel and perpendicular lines.

Our understanding and use of fractions has progressed immensely. We can quickly and confidently identify equivalent fractions. We can also turn mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa. We know how to apply our learning to real life problems. Although we were a little nervous of fractions to begin with we have found that they aren't so bad after all. Mrs Crowe is really pleased with our progress and very proud of us :)

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.