Plotting with Peas in Numeracy Classes

The Year 7 and 8 Numeracy classes have been having fun while learning this term. They have used a very hands on approach by learning about fractions using Lego, and decimals in measurement by growing peas.

Students planted pea seeds in class during Week 4. They have grown at an incredible speed and all the students are very proud of their plants and have been very enthusiastic about coming into class to see how much their plant has grown. They have been recording the height of their plants in a table and then plotting the growth on the board to see whose plant is the tallest – this results in lots of excitement!

Students have grown more confident with their measuring skills after each lesson and they will soon be plotting the growth of the plants on a graph. Who knew that so much Maths could come from being a green thumb. Sadly, none of the students have been as enthusiastic about the pea soup Mrs Rutland keeps offering to make once they harvest the peas!

Lisa Griffin
HOLA | Mathematics

Have Sum Fun Face to Face Competition

The Mathematics Department entered some very brave students into the annual Have Sum Fun problem solving competition.  Three teams were entered, with students ranging from Year 7 to 12 taking part in the challenging night.

The night consisted of 3 rounds of eight questions each, covering a range of mathematical topics. The Year 9/10 team performed particularly well, ranking a respectable 20th out of 38 teams. Only two other public schools ranked above them!

Well done to Brendan Mann, Don Nguyen, Jack Eaton, Jagriti Mehta, Julyanna Lontoc and Hayley Jamieson.

Discovering Trigonometry

To kick off learning the new topic of Trigonometry, Year 9 students were able to use the height of a person and their shadow to estimate the height of an object that was inaccessible for students to measure.

Using the person and their shadow’s measurements, students could calculate the angle of the elevation of the sun.  This then allowed students to use rules of similarity, to successfully estimate the height of a tall object.

Lisa Griffin
HOLA | Mathematics