On Friday 6th July, we held our Liverpool Maths Party celebrations. This special day was an opportunity to show pupils how Maths and Numeracy is used in every subject, as well as give them an idea about how Maths can help them in their future careers. Key Stage 3 pupils were exposed to mathematical content during every lesson of the Maths Party Day, and were given a number of opportunities to win places on our Breakout Escape Room reward trip.
The day started with special assemblies for pupils in Years 7 and 8, but the celebrations continued all day, with whole-school competitions, parent quizzes, and free cake for all members of the school community!
Here are just some highlights of the activities taking place during the day:
BIG MATHS GAME SHOW
Our Key Stage 3 pupils were treated to a one-off game show, presented by Drama teacher Mr Maloney. Taking inspiration from some of TV’s biggest game shows, such as “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, “Catchphrase” and “Countdown”, players were tasked with tackling some Maths challenges to be in with a chance of winning some Breakout tickets. The girls really enjoyed this opportunity to practice Maths in front of a larger audience.
Years 7 and 8 were rationalising items that they need to bring to a desert island (prioritising them in order of importance firstly and then will be deciding how many of each item they need to bring). This activity was based on the ‘Curious Incident’ extract.
Years 9 and 11 created their own sonnets using iambic pentameter (10 beats per line). This involved them counting beats for every line and making sure that they adhered to strict stanza rules: 10 beats per line/14 lines per sonnet/divided into quatrains.
Pupils completed a 15-minute code breaking activity involving multiplication & division of base ten numbers.
Students completed a numeracy starter including activities on the Holocaust and Slavery.
Key Stage 3 students looked at the UK’s attitudes towards Islam, based on a data collection activity.
Pupils completed investigations on how distance can be measured in real-life contexts. Mr Teasdale did a very realistic presentation to show the girls that distance from point A to point B cannot always be measured “as the crow flies”.
Key Stage 3 pupils completed a starter activity of Maths problems written in French – the girls had to translate the questions, and then give their answers in French.
Years 7 and 8 completed a 12 question starter activity which explored binary conversion from base 2 to base 10.
Starter activities on measurements and conversions that were relevant to the projects pupils were making.
The girls were treated to a mini Sports Day, where they needed to consider many Numeracy skills, including addition, time, estimation, distance and shape.
Our pupils had a fantastic day, and left school feeling with very positive attitudes towards Maths and Numeracy. Mr Liptrot (School Lead for Numeracy) would like to give a massive thank you to all staff and students involved in the organisation of the day. We look forward to continuing to promote the use of Numeracy across our curriculum and our wider school community, remembering that Numeracy counts!