Curriculum –> Maths
DOZENS of pupils from primary schools in the Wellington area joined the Maths department at Court Fields School in the town for an investigation morning.
The event aimed to help the 54 Year 4 and 5 pupils develop their problem-solving skills and resilience for tackling tougher Maths questions. The pupils faced code-breaking challenges from GCHQ and investigated the magic square found at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Pupils and staff enjoyed the morning and Court Fields Maths teacher Mr Saunders said he was impressed with the pupils’ levels of numeracy and the determination they showed to work together to master Maths.
The pupils came from Beech Grove, Wellesley Park, St John’s, Rockwell Green, Langford Budville and West Buckland primary schools.
Headteacher Rachael Bennett said: “We work closely with our primary schools throughout the year, with teachers collaborating and sharing best practice and resources to improve the education of all children. Teachers and pupils benefit enormously from working together across our family of schools on great initiatives like this Maths Investigation Day.”
Congratulations to the Year 7 team who won the local maths challenge competition held at Taunton School. Mr Kilshaw was delighted by the performance of the team and the hopes that they can retain their title next year.
On Tuesday the 3rd of March four students, Danielle Campbell, Bethany Channon, Dan Belfield and Sam Welsher, travelled to Western-Super-Mare along with maths teacher Mr Kilshaw to represent Courtfields School in an exciting opportunity to begin an understanding in Further A- Level mathematics. We were warmly welcomed by the school headmaster and then quickly the day started. The event was kicked off with a special card counting exercise where we were asked to lay out fifty two cards and continuously count in a pattern from the top. The catch was that almost every time when counting you would fall into what was known as a ‘Trap Card’ and always end up finishing on the same card.
After this fun exercise to get our brains working we started on a probability challenge called ‘Knock Knock’, actually used on a TV game show! The idea of this was to be faced with four sets of five doors, two of which were hollow and you could break through and three of which were solid and impossible to break. You had to guess which doors to go through, four times in a row to win. Obviously we weren’t there to smash down doors though we were there for calculations and everyone got started with some probability trees to work out the chances of getting through the right doors. In more detail we then looked at certain things like whether there was someone in front of you who had knocked down some doors or who hadn’t and this actually contributed towards different equations in total. We then had a twenty minute break in which to recharge our brains, aided by juice and biscuits.
Court Fields School held the inaugural inter-house team maths challenge on Friday 27th June. There were four rounds in the competition culminating in the relay round. This was a speed competition with teams working in pairs to answer alternate questions and running to return correct answers and provide the next questions for their team mates.
Each team was made up of one student from each year group and 48 students took part.
Organiser Mr Kilshaw, said “he was delighted with the success of the event and that it would definitely become an annual fixture in the Court Fields calendar”
A team of students from Court Fields School, John Gilding and Bronwyn Cheshire from year 8 and Daniel Belfield and Rhian Mitchell from year 9 competed in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Maths challenge in Bristol. There were 29 schools competing from all over the South West and our team came a very creditable 17th . Mr Kilshaw was very pleased with the effort and commitment that the team showed when competing against some of the best young mathematicians in the south west.
Over 2000 schools participated in the annual Fai-Tea competition which sees UK
schools competing with schools in the USA for the most medals on the Mangahigh maths website.
Ryan Beech was the schools top performer with 24 gold
medals on various mathematical challenges. Leanne Payne was the top female contributor with 16 gold medals and Jackson Wilkinson also gained 16 gold medals. Our aim is to target the top 3 next year. Well done to everyone who participated.