Published on: 16 May 2014

Years 3 and 4 boys took part in hands-on, problem solving activities as part of the World of Maths incursion held recently. The incursion gave them an opportunity to apply their mathematics knowledge and skills to solve questions and puzzles using real life examples.

Years 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator Jane London said the colourful traveling maths show ran for 70 minutes with all boys taking part in class groups. “The session included a wide range of practical, investigative, problem solving tasks,” she said.

Ms London said the activities required the boys to identify geometric properties, think logically, look for patterns and use problem solving strategies. “It was structured in a way that allowed the boys, working in groups of three, to work through the tasks independently,” she said.

“They really enjoyed the variety of activities. I particularly liked the rope puzzle and seeing them attempt to solve it without tying themselves in knots!”

Ms London said with all tasks focused around practical and manipulative models, the boys received immediate feedback as to whether their strategies worked.