May 25 2017

Developing Thinking Skills

Mr Robin Cowen, Director of Primary at TLAT, came to teach Year 2 about developing mathematical formulae. This is part of Constantine’s study of Building Learning Power and encouraging questioning as the key vehicle for teaching. Mr Cowen’s lesson started by finding patterns in the relationship between the number of rows, the number of columns and the total number in an array. Then we applied the same process to looking at pyramids, using models to help us, working towards a formula linking the number of sides in the base and the number of edges. This was very impressive for Year 2 children, accessing the secondary school mathematics curriculum.

The children’s learning was evident in their enthusiasm and perseverance. They wanted to continue making their own pentagonal and hexagonal-based pyramids for example. Thanks to Mr Cowen for supporting the learning of our teachers and pupils.