Have you got Maths Eyes??
The Junior and Senior Infants classes are the overall winners in the Project section of the Maths Eyes Competition. One boy from each of the 4 classes recently met with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to show their Maths Eyes winning posters. The Maths Eyes competition ran as part of Maths Week and encouraged people of all ages to look around and see the mathematics in their surroundings, capture it in a photograph and add a caption to produce a poster.
Our Junior and Senior Infant classes were learning shapes. In our Shape and Space lessons we discussed sides, corners, curved edges and length. We coloured shapes, used peg boards to create shapes, made shape monsters through shape tiles, discussed and created patterns using shapes.
The four infant classes then came together to use our bodies to make the shapes. The boys were very good at deciding which shape we needed to make and were quick to get involved and create the shapes making corners, long and short sides and creating curved edges with their bodies. The children really enjoyed the kinesthetic aspect involved in this activity and it reinforced their learning. With over 80 Junior and Senior Infants featured in the photos, the atmosphere in the hall was incredible.
Minister Bruton praised the winners and emphasised the importance of maths. “The Maths Eyes project really encourages people to see mathematics as part of our daily lives and encourages a very positive attitude towards maths that can only enhance learning.” The Minister added: “Initiatives like Maths Eyes and Maths Week Ireland play an important role in encouraging and supporting learning of mathematics, which is important for each individual in their personal lives and also critical in building the skills we need for the 21st Century.”
This competition was open to school categories and adult and community learners during Maths Week and attracted over 700 entries. Maths Eyes was developed by Dr Terry Maguire, Director National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in association with Ciaran O’Sullivan of Institute of Technology Tallaght.
Maths Week is an annual event and this year it will take place from the 14th – 22nd of October. Founded and coordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology, the festival is a partnership of groups interested in promoting maths and has become the largest event of its kind in the world.
To see the boys’ winning poster click on the link below. You can also have a look our project if you click on the ‘Project’ link at the top right on the page below.