From this Monday the 16th of October, Bishop Murphy Memorial School will be celebrating Maths week with various activities occurring throughout the school. Maths Week Ireland is an all-Ireland celebration of Maths and is a partnership of over 50 groups – universities, institutes of technology, colleges, museums, libraries, visitor centres, professional bodies – any group that sees the importance of maths and the importance of promoting maths.
Maths Week Ireland promotes, awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.
Ways you can help develop maths skills at home
1. Make and do together
Most DIY and craft activities involve a range of maths skills, from measuring to understanding shapes and angles. While carrying out craft activities you can point out things like the right angles that are made when you fold a piece of card in half. Making paper airplanes is a great activity – your child can make small changes here and there and then check whether these changes improve the plane’s flight. This will involve measuring, recording and analysing information.
2. Practise managing money
Budgeting with precise amounts of money can involve some great practice for calculating. You could involve your child in some budgeting activities, either for the family or for themselves, e.g. a family day out. Tell them how much they have to spend altogether, and ask them to work out the different costs involved for different options. If there is something your child particularly wants to save for, ask them to think about exactly how much money they would need to save each week or month.
3. Measure and weigh
The more you let your child measure and weigh, the more confident they’ll become.Measuring activities can range from measuring the length of a shelf, to work out out how much soil you need to fill a window box, or planning what time to take food out of the oven. On your next trip to the supermarket, ask your child to do any weighing. Can they tell you the weight of some fruit/vegetables in both grams and kilograms? Can your child convert between metric measurements (such as grams) and imperial measurements (such as ounces)? On a car journey, can your child tell you how many miles are in a journey if you tell them the number of kilometres (tell them there are about 1½ kilometres in every mile)?