The Summer Concert on Wednesday evening was a thoroughly enjoyable collection of classical, soul, Stomp and pop music performed by small ensembles, solo, duets and the full BIS orchestra. Congratulations to all the Primary and Secondary students who took part and to Ms. Woolgar, Ms. Rea and Ms. Huyen for their wonderful direction.
Broadly speaking, mathematics is the search for patterns and the solving of puzzles through deductive thought. It is such an important area of the curriculum as well as being a fun subject, which can be accessible to all. Maths is all around us: when we are cooking, shopping, decorating a room or planning holidays. Many of us perform calculation in our everyday jobs, or enjoy mathematical patterns in architecture or nature. This week we have had a special focus on ‘Artsematics’ – making links between maths and art, drama, music and dance!
Today, we started with an exhilarating Sprint Maths activity where children, in House teams, took on the challenge of answering as many maths problems as they could within 45 mins. Oh, and a member of their team had to sprint to collect new questions when successfully answering one problem at a time! The result was a frantic frenzy of jumping from questions on shape to number and fractions to worded problems.
It was then time to celebrate the result of Artsematics by hearing what has been going on in each year group. Amazing singing has been permeating the corridors all week, so I was excited to see the performances in our special afternoon assembly. I was not disappointed! The old Abba song, ‘Money, Money, Money’ was given a new twist by Year 4; 3 was the Magic Number for Year 3 as well as a super rendition of ‘Maths Maths Baby’ a version of the more popular ‘Ice Ice Baby’ (Vanilla Ice).
Year 5, WI Five Fifty, performed the ‘Handshake Maths’ dance; Year 2 chose shapes for their focus and amazed us with their mathematical Kandinsky artwork and rap; then is was back to the medium of song and for the Year 1 Pirates and Year 6 Super Bees. Foundation Stage 1 and 2, with their adaptation of Gangnam in addition to ‘F2 Direction’ stole the show.
I am sure everyone will agree - maths really can be amazing fun! Thank you to Mr. Adams for organising our event.
Today, your child should bring home their end of year report and next week, parents are invited to attend individual parent and teacher meetings. If you have not made an appointment and would still like to meet your child’s teachers, please contact the Primary Office.
Ms Sue Hill, Head of Primary