## Starter of the Day.

A new feature to the shed: Starter of the Day. This will change every day.

## Holy Cross CEVA Primary School, Oldham.

I love it when somebody shares a brilliant idea on Twitter. Inspired by a Bryn Goodman blog about creating stories or poems using maths words, the children of Year 6, Penguin Class and their brilliant teacher Miss Earnshaw have created some super Math's Haikus in their Literacy lessons. The children used Padlet to write and share their Haikus in real time. Miss Earnshaw said "It was fantastic to see their ideas appear on my I-Pad in real time". Thank you for letting me share these, they are terrific, making maths vocabulary seem very exciting.

## Russell Scott Primary

It is fantastic when I receive tweets about classes using Numeracyshed resources and I had a double whammy from the Year 5's of 'Russell Scott Primary'. They have not only been using the Challenge of the week as a starter, but have been using our 'Angry Birds' resources from the 'Popular Culture' shed too.

## Maths Thinking Challenge.

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This is the Reuleaux Wheeled Bicycle, it has a Pentagonal front wheel and a rectangular back wheel.

Before playing the video ask children if the bike should work, make notes on the diagram and explain why it shouldn't work and what would happen.

Ask the pupils if they were given the challenge of creating this bike,because circles had been banned, what could they do to make it work.

Show the video, ask how the inventor got the bike to work. Could he have used any other shapes ? (apart from circles)

Before playing the video ask children if the bike should work, make notes on the diagram and explain why it shouldn't work and what would happen.

Ask the pupils if they were given the challenge of creating this bike,because circles had been banned, what could they do to make it work.

Show the video, ask how the inventor got the bike to work. Could he have used any other shapes ? (apart from circles)

## The Internet in Real Time.

I love this gif animation it gives an indication of how much data is being generated on the internet in real time. It would be interesting to take one of the headings such as Twitter and work out the increment increase each time the data changes.

## The Dice Bucket Challenge....Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been everywhere, but this is the 'Dice Bucket Challenge' of course this is great for maths:

There are 1584 dice if they all rolled:

1 what would the total be (easy)

What if they all rolled 2?

Or if they all rolled 3?

Getting trickier now what if they all rolled 4, what is the total?

If they all rolled 5 what is the total?

What if by some miracle they all landed on 6, what would the total be?

There were 5 different coloured dice, would it be possible to have an equal number of every colour?

There are 1584 dice if they all rolled:

1 what would the total be (easy)

What if they all rolled 2?

Or if they all rolled 3?

Getting trickier now what if they all rolled 4, what is the total?

If they all rolled 5 what is the total?

What if by some miracle they all landed on 6, what would the total be?

There were 5 different coloured dice, would it be possible to have an equal number of every colour?

## Bristol Balloon Fiesta Maths.

I was alerted to this video by Mr Drew on Twitter. It shows in stop motion hot air balloons being inflated ready for flight. The video has no sound which makes it even better. Some of the things you could do are:

Predictions: Which balloon do you think will inflate first / second/ third

Will the first balloon inflated also be the first to take off?

Ordering: Which balloon inflated first/second/third/fourth and so on.

Shape, pattern and symmetry: What shapes can you see? are any of the balloons symmetrical? Can you see any patterns to the balloon designs?

Sorting: Using the picture below can you sort the balloons into different categories.

Counting: Count the balloons as they take off.

Cross Curricular Links: In Literacy you could write a story of being on a balloon and the journey that you take. Poetry to describe your journey, how it feels and what you see.

Geography: Draw a birds eye view from your balloon.

D and T: Design a hot air balloon.

Science: How do the hot air balloons float? Design and make your own balloon, can you make it fly?

Music: Create music to go with this film clip.

Predictions: Which balloon do you think will inflate first / second/ third

Will the first balloon inflated also be the first to take off?

Ordering: Which balloon inflated first/second/third/fourth and so on.

Shape, pattern and symmetry: What shapes can you see? are any of the balloons symmetrical? Can you see any patterns to the balloon designs?

Sorting: Using the picture below can you sort the balloons into different categories.

Counting: Count the balloons as they take off.

Cross Curricular Links: In Literacy you could write a story of being on a balloon and the journey that you take. Poetry to describe your journey, how it feels and what you see.

Geography: Draw a birds eye view from your balloon.

D and T: Design a hot air balloon.

Science: How do the hot air balloons float? Design and make your own balloon, can you make it fly?

Music: Create music to go with this film clip.

## ICT Magic - 1000s of links to great free educational websites.

## Some Great Resources for Upper KS2

Was trawling the internet when I found this little gem, its an e-book full of maths activities, now like any of these things it has good and bad activities, but I feel the good far outweighs the bad. The 188 page PDF, can be downloaded from here:

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## The Time You Have - In Jellybeans.

you may have seen this but if not please take a look. It is quite a poignant video that takes the average number of days that each person lives and shows these as jellybeans. The beans are taken away to show how long we spend doing everyday things and how many beans we have left at the end. What would you do?

It asks at the end what would you do if you just had 1 jellybean (day) left to live. A good look at number but also good for thinking skills, it would be interesting to hear what answers your children would come up with to the one jellybean question.

It asks at the end what would you do if you just had 1 jellybean (day) left to live. A good look at number but also good for thinking skills, it would be interesting to hear what answers your children would come up with to the one jellybean question.