Mr.Laband's Favourite for Spring 2017:
DIFFY – click on the link and keep finding the difference. I love this!
NEW FOR 2017
Everybody in school loves trying the thousands of activities and puzzles on nRich.maths.org.
For Christmaths Week 2016, some children tried http://nrich.maths.org/974 which sees how many different ways we can make a Christmas Gift Box by folding paper from a net.
But the really NEW thing is… WILD MATHS!!! Brought to you by the same team that creates nRich.
Full of puzzles and games – many of them don't actually have answers but are mind stretching and can really get you thinking. Why not have a look here? http://wild.maths.org/
Here's one well worth trying at home and of course in school!!
We now have a huge ORCHARDS MATHEMATICAL THINKING SPINNER in the MATHS CORRIDOR. Each half term there will be a different calculation. We will try to draw it, act it out, make up stories, model it and even link it to money! How would you SHOW 24 + 17? And how could you DRAW it?
BBC Schools site has lots of games for you to play:http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml
For children in Year 6 who are revising you can visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
If you want to challenge other children across the world to a maths game you can try: http://www.sumdog.com/en/Games/ This is a BIG website for all children at Orchards. It is called SUMDOG. A huge range of mathematical games are avaialble, and they each allow the children to practice their key skills and especially their mental maths. There are regular challenges in school, and also county and national competitions. In March 2016, the Oak class even won the Cambridgeshire schools challenge! And even more… in December 2016, the Holly class finished 45th IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!
Here are some of our favourite Smartboard activities from school. Go on try one. You could even pretend that you are still at school!
Isometric Grid ITP – Great for building understanding of shapes.
Symmetry ITP – Add/take away mirror lines. You can also rotate the lines of reflection!
Number Dial ITP – This is handy for helping with multiplication and division facts.
Coordinates ITP – Remember to go across THEN up/down…
Multiplication Array ITP – This really SHOWS multiplication! Children can build and change dots to see how the multiplication is affected.
Tell Time ITP - This is quite useful for comparing analogue and digital times. You can change hours and minutes to see how the hands move with the numbers.
Many of our classes now use CONCEPT CARTOONS as starters in maths lessons. These really get the children talking and most importantly: THINKING MATHEMATICALLY.
A superb website, packed with games and challenges is http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage . You could spend years in this website alone! At Orchards,we hold a maths week every year. In 2016, the main theme was playing maths games, many of which came form nRich. Some strategies would be based upon mental maths skills. One of our favourite games is called DAISY. Visit the brilliant nRich website ( http://nrich.maths.org/1189) to find it and see how to play. It only needs a paper and pencil… (See bottom of this page for Daisy.) Another classic game is https://nrich.maths.org/square-it/. Try playing against the computer – it always wins, or does it?
Here are some more photos from the Maths Week: