Magical Maths is a 6 week club where children meet some crazy and wonderful characters and learn some truly mind blowing maths skills. They learn how to calculate impossible numbers in their heads, read minds, play maths sports and solve some unbelievable puzzles…all with the power of maths. The club is fun, exciting, fast paced and highly educational. It is designed to boost children's confidence and to better engage them with maths.
Each week will have a fun theme – here is a special sneak peek at the first four weeks.
Week one: Meet the Maths Genius
Week two: Become a Maths detective
Week three: Become a Mathemagician
Week four: Olympic Mathletics
Stately Holmes was here this week, a great detective and mathematical mystery solver. Here's what the children learned...
Stately worked through the detective training booklet with the children...The first trick that Stately went through with the children was the infamous 'Guess The Age'. This trick is NOT popular with teachers, parents, grandparents and in general anyone who doesn't want young maths detectives discovering their age. But it IS very cool, so the children enjoyed it.
Also in the booklet were Stately's Dice and Chocolate tricks. They're equally cool. We're sure that the children will show you the tricks, if you ask nicely.
The Mystery Calculator - Helps you to read minds!
The second activity our detective brought with him was 'the Mystery Calculator'. This is genuinely really amazing.
It's a sheet of numbers that's helps you calculate what another person is thinking. The children were shown how to use it, and tried it on each other.
Fun with Games Galore
Our final activity this week was some really fun games. Great for practising important maths in groups. Please note, we change the difficulty of these games according to which year group is taking part - perfect for everyone!
The game we played this week was 'More than or Less than'. It's a guessing game that helps children develop their strategies for finding unknown numbers. They have to guess what number is displayed behind their head by guess-work and feedback of 'more than' or 'less than' from the rest of the class (some rounding was involved too). It was a game-a-rific game this week, with plenty of highs and lows. :)
Well what a great week this was. We really enjoyed it, and I know our world class detective was amazed by the younger detectives (I reckon they might even take Stately's job if they carry on at this rate!!).
See you next week for more Magical Maths, we can't wait.
P.S. Next week is a PARTICULARLY magical week...we've got a visit from our very own Mathemagician.
Week 1 (11.10.2018)
Professor Poopenshtinken had travelled 25 hours straight out of Eastern Europe when he spotted your school in the area beside the road looming with powerful presence in the cool air. He saw young pupils, not very old, ten or eleven at most, rushing around with a look of excitement. It was clear they were here for Magical Maths...
After a few ground rules (like no pulling the Professor's hair), the children then rotated through our three cracking activities.
The Genius Training Booklet
The Professor went through the genius training booklet with the children. All students were given a booklet to take home...let us know if you want us to send you another one...Students learned some of the Professor's techniques for calculating huge numbers. He took them through the squaring trick. This trick is not the easiest, but is super effective when pulled off well. With a bit of practice though your child will be the local genius on your street.
A super fun game that helps with speedy multiplication. We adapt the difficulty slightly depending on age.
Fun and Games with Games Galore!
The final activity this week was all fun and games from our amazing 'Games Galore' activity pack.
We played a game called 'Heads and Tails'. It has data collection and strategic themes, and sparked lots of competition within the group. We eventually whittled it down to just a few who did super-good!
A MAGICALLY good first week had by all. We're all math'd out now, and the Professor's taking a rest at the Holiday Inn before his flight home tomorrow morning.
See you next week (rumour has it our world class detective is coming to visit),