The maths transition day is an event which happens every year during the summer term, to help the year 6 students adjust to senior school. This year, I was in charge of planning and implementation. I chose to make the day paperless(ish). Our school has begun a 1:1 iPad program and the year 6 students have been using iPads all year. So, to utilise this, all of the information they need is shared with them on Google drive. Another key feature was team work, all pupils had specific team roles.
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Inquiry maths offers students a prompt and asks them to investigate. They are always rich tasks and suitable for all abilities. Using inquiry maths over this year for my year 7 class has made my students into active learners who are fearless and methodical when attacking a problem. This article looks at how to present results from these tasks. Follow @inquirymaths for more from the creator, Andrew Blair.
I came across this activity thanks to the wonders of twitter, and Jim Noble (@inthinker). He tweeted the details of one of the activities on a site that he co-authors, www.teachmathematics.net. The activity was about creating a fairground to look at probability and can be found here. I thought it sounded like great fun and had a lot of mathematical thought and discussion to. This article, what will look at how the lessons went, what happened and a little evaluation.