On Monday, the children from Year 3 were treated to a whole year group maths event called ‘Big Time’. The event was hosted in the Dance Studio and required the children to work together in small teams to solve different types of time problems, including reading clocks, changing times from digital to analogue, and even recording which times were 10 or 15 minutes earlier or later. They had 24 questions at stations around the room which were set up to look like a giant clock face. Correct answers meant children could collect a sticker for each question, completing their own clock faces as a team. Their final challenge was an nRich investigation about digital times.
As the event took place, there was a stream of children buzzing around the room answering questions and being challenged by the teaching staff to show their mastery. Children have been learning that 8:45 could be said in many ways including: 'eight forty-five', ‘forty-five minutes past 8', 'quarter to 9', and also '15 minutes to 9’. This meant they had to think fast at all times, and show off how well they knew how to read the times.
Head of Primary Maths, Jonathan Garnett-Smith said, “The children in Year 3 have had a wonderful time in our ‘Big Time’ event. They did us proud by showing off their growing skills in telling the time. Everyone knows that telling the time is one of those life skills that some people just seem to be good at, or not. The truth is, the more opportunities children get to tell the time, the more likely they are to be able to do it. This event was about turning this maths skill into a whole lot of fun, and creating a little competition amongst the children to really encourage them to learn from their peers and develop those skills they really need for life. Parents can really help the children with this, by helping them to read the time as often as possible, and also to get them a simple analogue watch for their wrist which they are able to wear to school as part of our uniform policy. Overall, this was a great event, and everyone has had a very memorable experience - exactly what maths at BSG should be!"
Head of Primary, Ed Pearce, said "I did very much enjoy the event yesterday and was happy to see such happy, engaged students solving multiple problems on time. They all worked very well together and demonstrated a true ‘love of learning’."
Deputy Head for Curriculum, Steve Cottrell said, “This was an inspiring and engaging event. Some skills can be tricky to master, and this brought telling the time to life for the children in what was a wonderful event.”
Special thanks go to Mrs Tatiana Marfel for her photography on the day.