Maths Week 16th – 20th October

23rd Oct, 2023

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa celebrated and participated in Maths Week, which ran from Monday 16th to Friday 20th of October.

Junior Infant classes joined together and went on a shape hunt on the school grounds.

Senior Infant classes enjoyed participating in a Maths trail around the school. They discovered facts about themselves using numbers. Miss Henson’s class compiled ‘Smartie data’ by counting how many Smarties were in a box, then sorting the data and displaying it on a graph. In line with the Halloween season, they measured witches’ potions and slime. Miss Brandsma’s class participated in a Maths trail and made a ”Number about me” poster. They drew chalk markings of number lines and shapes.

First Classes had an engaging and exciting time with the Bee-Bots during Maths Week. The children were given a variety of tasks that involved using their thinking skills to direct the Bee-Bots around a variety of different mats. The children really enjoyed the challenge of giving directional instructions to the Bee-Bot. Their confidence with using the Bee-Bot app on the iPads improved greatly. They also went on a number hunt around the school and made Halloween pictures using 2D shapes. Miss Daly’s First Class buddied up with Junior Infant classes and went on a number hunt.

Second Classes played competitive Maths games during Maths Week and used the ‘Hit the button’ app on the iPad to improve their mental Maths skills.

The children had a fantastic time learning and investigating during a successful and fun Maths Week.

Mrs. White and Ms. McPolin attended an in-service day dedicated to the exploration of the New Primary Maths Curriculum and its practical implementation. This curriculum promises a fresh perspective, emphasizing that ‘how’ children learn is just as important as ‘what’ they learn. There is more opportunity for creativity, learning through play and problem-solving. The implementation will help equip all teachers with the pedagogical tools necessary to provide high-quality, challenging and inclusive lessons.