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Magical Maths

23 January 2018 (by admin)

This week in our Magical Maths club the children were visited by Stately Holmes who is a distant relative of the great Sherlock, and has a reputation that's really building!

He's worked for some of the biggest crime solving organisations in the world; including the CIA and the FBI, but this week Stately was with us to teach Platt Bridge pupils some of his crime solving skills. In KS2 he worked on detective skills starting with the infamous 'Guess The Age'. This trick is NOT popular with teachers, parents, grandparents and in general anyone who doesn't want young maths detectives discovering their age. But it IS very cool, so the children enjoyed it. The second activity our detective brought with him was 'the Mystery Calculator'. This is genuinely really amazing. It's a sheet of numbers that's helps you calculate what another person is thinking. The children were shown how to use it, and tried it on each other. Our final activity this week was'More than or Less than'. It's a guessing game that helps children develop their strategies for finding unknown numbers. They have to guess what number is displayed behind their head by guess-work and feedback of 'more than' or 'less than' from the rest of the class (some rounding was involved too). In KS1 The children work out the answer to sums in order to Crack the Code. What message did Stately leave for the children……? The second activity our detective brought with him was 'the Mystery Calculator'. This is genuinely really amazing. It's a sheet of numbers that's helps you calculate what another person is thinking. The children were shown how to use it, and tried it on each other. They also played the 'More or Less than' game to guess their partners' unknown number.