Wednesday was National Numeracy Day – a day to encourage and explore how Maths is used in our everyday lives and the real world.

With this in mind, some Year 5 and 6 classes dodged the rain showers to explore some shape topics.  Year 5 used and refined their measuring skills to estimate the age of an oak tree (finding two fifths of the diameter if you want to try it yourselves).  They also used clinometers to line up the top of a tree with a 45-degree angle to measure its height using a right-angled isosceles triangle.

Some of Year 6 used squared units to discover how to find the area of compound shapes.  They found there was often more than one arrangement possible.

Alison Tripp