RGS Celebrates Maths Week

18th November 2022

Redcliffe students have been celebrating Maths Week with an array of exciting activities happening around the school.

Throughout the week, pupils have been starting their days with maths puzzles and pop-up challenges placed around the school, and several classes took part in online workshops with real-life mathematicians. From Year 5 problem-solving to Year 2 and 3 creating snowflakes using folding, cutting and symmetry, the children enjoyed the opportunity to learn different skills with different teachers.

On Tuesday, Years 4, 5 and 6 had a special visit from two engineers from Walsh. The engineers spoke to the pupils about different types of structures and their functions and introduced them to some of the mathematical technology they use in their jobs everyday. The children were then posed with the task of building their own structures in the form of bridges; they were given height restrictions and the bridges were tested using kilogram weights. The engineers were particularly impressed with Georg, Chelsea and Olivia, who decided to use a cylinder in their bridge design to make it stronger and sturdier. 

Further down the school, Reception to Year 3 also had a chance to construct a building using cardboard. Their challenge: to make a building taller than their tallest team member and strong enough to support a teddy bear! It is safe to say that we have some wonderful future engineers at Redcliffe Gardens School! Year 1 also got grips (or is that claws?) with 2D and 3D polygons and curved shapes to create shape monsters. Year 6 students also visited to help with the activity, which really gave a sense of the enthusiasm that permeated throughout the whole of the school for Maths Week. 

And if that wasn’t enough, students in Years 5 and 6 competed in the Primary Mathematics Challenge – a challenging series of mathematical puzzles and thinking. We will have to wait some time for the results but I want to say a big congratulations to all of the pupils for taking on the challenge; we are very proud of you!