We have been learning all about scaling in maths: increasing or decreasing values by the same factor. We watched a video about how a designer at legoland creates scale models, using scale factors (dividing or multiplying measurements by the same amount) and then applied this in our lesson! We created scale models of our tables and chairs: first we measured the real objects, divided them to create new, smaller ones (either 4 or 10 x smaller) and then used these to create our models.
To help us understand ratio and proportion, we used skittles! We had to compare each part of our pot of skittles, writing the ratio of green to red, purple to yellow and every other colour combination. We then had to work out the proportion of each colour. At the end, we got to eat them!
We used numicon to help us to understand mixed numbers and improper fractions. By making the number we were dealing with, it was much easier to see how to convert between the two. We moved on to use visual representations of these, by drawing them in our books, before thinking solely about the numbers.
In Maths, we have been learning all about the properties of shape. We started by learning about the different types of angle, and how to measure and draw them. This led into the properties of different 2d shapes, and how you can tell the difference between them, based on their angles and sides. Next, we learnt about 3D shapes, building them from modelling dough and straws, applying our knowledge of their properties to ensure our models were successful. Take a look at the photographs below to see all the learning we have been up to.
Finding angles in the classroom
Classifying 2D shapes according to their properties