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Maths Update at Tu Xuong

24 March 2017

Maths is an integral part to every child’s learning. Sometime there is a tendency to rush through our use of written methods in order to get our children to the ‘end’ as quickly as possible. This can be counter-productive. What we must ensure is that the foundations of children’s learning are secure, so that each child has a better grasp of the four main operations. By doing so they can fully understand the methods used and are able to apply them to problem solving situations.

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With this thought in mind there have been two different mathematical events at TX over the past week:

  1. Last Thursday, our TX Maths FOBISIA team left the school to travel to Kuala Lumpur for the annual Maths FOBISIA competition. Each year, over 30 teams from different schools travel from all over Asia to compete against one another. The weekend is a true test of every participant’s mathematical knowledge and demonstrates the high level of learning from each of the pupils.
  2. On Wednesday morning, our parents came together to join Mr Rob to take a close look at the different methods we use at TX to aid their children’s mathematical progression.

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The competition kicked off early on Friday morning, with our students participating against the other teams in a maths trail. The children had to solve different problems whilst chasing clues under the shadow of the famous Petronas Towers. The challenge proved very tricky but our team prevailed and managed to complete every question before the time was up. The afternoon brought about further team challenges, where the children worked together to complete in a ‘round the clock’ event and a circuit challenge.

The next day started with the individual round, a gruelling 30 question test to challenge each of our students mathematical know how. This was followed by the construction challenge. This year our teams had to construct their own rollercoaster. The teams were given a selection of materials and were awarded points for how long an egg could stay on their rollercoaster track, and how many loops, twists and dips it contained. Team work and co-operative skills were vital in this challenge and our children did us very proud.

After the final scores were totalled up, each school gathered to claim their participation medals and hear the final results. I am delighted to announce that the TX team finished in 20th place, which is an excellent achievement from such a small campus.

We are extremely proud of each of the children involved; they worked wonderfully as a team and their dedication and responsible attitude was a credit to our school.

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Whilst we all want our children to progress as quick as they can, it is important to lay strong foundations in their written calculation methods.  On Wednesday, Mr Rob talked our parents through the different written methods we use at TX to help our children access the four main operations. Our aim is to steadily build on the children’s progress and help them to develop strong methods for problem solving. Once we have the foundations in place, we can then show the children how practical and important maths is.

With the help of some of our year 5 children, our parents were given first hand practice at the different written methods taught at TX as we tried to calculate how many people worked in the Bitexco tower. If you would like to have a go at the problem yourself it can be accessed here.

If you would like to revisit the different methods we use, the parent’s calculation policy can be accessed here.

Please note that these are the methods that we use in school. We encourage the children to practise any different methods that you may use at home also, as these will only strengthen the children’s problem solving skills.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the coffee morning this week. It was great to see the children sharing their learning and solving problems together with our parents.

Mr Rob Wilson, Class Teacher & Maths Subject Leader