This week Magnolia has been revising fractions and decimals in Maths. You can see our students helping one another when dividing a decimal fraction by 10 using our place value footballs!

We also had a great time during Science week and had students present their creative inventions.

We have been learning all about Growth Mindset in maths! We explored the power of YET, discussed inspirational quotes by famous people and looked at “famous failures” to remind us that we should always persevere. After all, resilience is one of the Hallfield values.

To help us understand Growth Mindset, an author called Terry Smith visited our school. He read us a lovely story about Maths, Magic and Growth Mindset. We even got the opportunity to ask him lots of questions at the end.

We shall continue to celebrate mistakes in maths and ensure that our mindset continues to grow!

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Watch the clip below to find out more about the difference between having a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset:

Last term we were learning about shapes. We explored both 2D and 3D shapes. We talked, wrote about, drew and cut out our favorite 2D shapes. We also made some huge 3D shapes. We looked at how many faces, vertices and edges each 3D shape has.

We were also busy building imaginary towers, houses, train stations and many more using 3D shapes with our friends.

It was last term when Olive Class had a go at using the ICT room for the first time. We all listened to the teacher’s instructions and were able to play some computer games, listen to some music and drew some pictures using the mouse and the keyboard. We all had lots of fun!

The children in Fig Class had fun exploring 3D shapes. They used a variety of different materials such as art straws and masking tape, plastic sticks and blu tac, and cutting out a 3D net and sticking it together with glue to form their 3D shape. The children worked mostly independently and were able to talk about the properties of the 3D shape they had made.

Look at some of the incredible shapes they have made!

This week Magnolia were introduced to the bar model in Mathematics. We used the bar model to find a part of a whole number. We then found out fractions of a group such as two-fifths of 25.

In Year 2, we have started this term by learning about money. We have named the coins up to £2 and are beginning to add coins to make different amounts. We practiced making amounts in different ways using different coins. We would love to use our new skills to help our families when we go shopping!

Below are examples of learning seen in our most recent Maths Learning Walk. Our young mathematicians are busy consolidating mathematical learning before making links and applying it to solve new problems. They are thoroughly enjoying greater depth challenges in each lesson too!

This weekly maths club is aimed at our most able mathematicians in years 4 and 5. The children have been developing their mental strategies and understanding of number by playing the 24-game where they have to use the four numbers on the card and any of the operations (+, -, X, ÷) to make 24! Some of the children are even having a go at using the two-digit cards. Can you have a go at making 24? Start with the one dotted cards and work your way up (the more dots, the more challenging it is).

They have also started to explore shapes through the use of pentominoes and tangrams. The children have come across lots of mathematical vocabulary and even algebra in the process!

The children in Fig (Reception) Class have been doing fantastic number work, we have been helping Kipper celebrate his birthday by counting candles and cakes and matching the correct quantity to the correct numeral . We have been using the unifix cubes to help us count and make different numbers. We have been learning how to use the ten frame in our number work, for example: finding different ways to make number 10, adding one more/one less.

This term, we have been focusing on multiplication and division. we have had a particular focus on the 3x,4x and 8x table. Not only have we been looking at recall, but we have also been learning how to represent multiplication and division.

We have learnt 4 strategies;

– repeated addition

– arrays

– grouping

– equal jumps on a number line.

Now we are looking at problems in context and linking our learning to our Roman Topic. Have a look at some of our great pictures from our lessons this term.