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Week 5

The ‘timetable’ for this week’s teaching and learning is as follows:


o Day 1 – Mathematical investigation Children use investigative skills and reasoning to solve problems involving 3 by 3 and 4 by 4 ‘magic squares’. They create their own 3 by 3 magic square using algebra!


o Day 2 – Practical Activity Children use practical skills to make and investigate Platonic solids: specifically, an octahedron and a dodecahedron.


o Day 3 – Puzzles Children solve a spatial puzzle involving drawing routes on a square grid, up to the size of a chessboard. These have to be constructed without lifting the pencil from the paper. Can strategies learned on smaller grids be applied on an 8 by 8 grid…?


o Day 4 – Game Children learn to play a new domino game. They use logical thinking to devise a winning strategy; then try it out in alternative versions of the game.


o Day 5 – Mathematical investigation Children investigate the total number of spots in a set of dominoes by building a triangular pattern…