Year 5 students recently embarked on a transdisciplinary project where their schedule was flattened for a week. The learning engagements were designed by students and teachers to help students see the connection of maths in real life and between disciplines through authentic maths experiences. The experiences helped build confidence and mathematical identity, as well as promote positive mindsets in all students as mathematicians. They provided students with long, uninterrupted periods of time to go deep with their learning and follow an interest through a maths lens. These “deep dives” helped instill a more significant curiosity and love for maths.
Students participated in a range of inquiries centered around mathematical concepts found in measurement, shape, space, data handling, as well as pattern & function. Projects such as ‘Collect Data, Change the World,’ ‘Amazing Race,’ ‘Art Attack,’ ‘Codebreaking and Cryptology’ and ‘Roblox Game Design’ were offered to Year 5 students. The learning experiences focused on developing skills in self-management, as well as thinking skills, social skills, communication skills, and research skills. The experiences opened students eyes to maths in the real world and had a lot of fun along the way.
Check out the learning from Year 5 Maths Week on Twitter @Y5NIST with the #Y5MathsWeek hashtag.