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A Week in the life of the Prep Maths Department

Year 3 have been studying capacity as part of this week's unit. Orange group have enjoyed exploring the practical potential of the topic, estimating and then measuring the capacities of a selection of everyday containers.

Year 4 have been having great fun taking part in the annual RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch. The children spent some time watching and recording the birds that visited their garden over the last weekend in January. Then, in school, they used the data they collected to produce beautiful bar charts which they could display and analyse to show information such as which was the most common and the least common bird. As well as developing data handling skills, the children were also encouraged to feed their results back to the RSPB, which helps them in their valuable conservation work.

In Year 5, we have been learning how to round decimals to the nearest whole number and continuing to develop the children's understanding of decimal place value. We have also discovered how handy it is to be able to round and approximate numbers to see how large or small an answer may be. Division has followed this topic and we are remembering how important it is to know our times tables!

Year 6 are having a problem-solving problems week! We are doing many activities to encourage them to 'think outside the box' and to ensure they are really developing their problem-solving skills.

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