On Tuesday 13th November West Lodge hosted their first Maths Day, with a focus on practical and investigative work. The day started with an assembly by Miss Ayling where we talked about how maths is all around us. She is still waiting to see if anyone can come up with a job that doesn’t involve maths!
Throughout the day, all classes held their own investigations. These ranged from a visit from a giant in Reception, to a Fraction treasure hunt in Year 5.
In the afternoon, we held our very own House Maths quiz for KS2 pupils. Each house had their own team, which consisted of representatives from all KS2 classes. Each team member was then given a specific question to answer. They could choose to either answer the question independently for maximum points, or to ask other children in their house to help. We even had some houses managing to steal some points too! It was an incredibly narrow final score, however Blue house did manage to gain the win! The questions given were difficult, and us teachers are incredibly proud of all pupils – they really did show a growth mindset to overcome challenges!
Well done to all pupils for embracing maths; it was a day that was enjoyed by all.
On Monday 12th November, Year 4 visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, to take part in a Viking Workshop. We had time before our workshop to visit some of the galleries in the museum, including the Tudors and Stuarts and a gallery which allowed us to explore various sea objects.
After lunch, our workshop leader Katherine showed us models and pictures of different Viking ships. We had heard of longboats before as we are making them in class, but we hadn’t heard about Knarr boats before! We learnt lots of new and interesting vocabulary about the boats. The second part of the workshop consisted of us working in groups at different tables to identify objects from the Viking times, which we then had to trade with Rebecca at a market. Some of our groups proved to be quite the traders by asking for a lot of items in return for theirs! The workshop ended with two of our classmates dressing up in typical Viking attire.
Thank you very much to all the parents who came and helped us on this trip. We are looking forward to using our new knowledge in our History lessons.