The pupils, parents and staff of St. Mary’s Primary School, Newtownbutler explored Active Learning in Maths with an afternoon of activities to celebrate Maths Week last week.

On the afternoon of Thursday, October 17 all classes took part in a range of active maths activities and lots of practical ideas for parents were shared through the school website.

A coffee afternoon and maths workshop was held for the parents and pupils of P2 and P3.

The workshop was developed to demonstrate that maths is relevant to everyday life and can be lots of fun.

Working in groups along with their parents and staff, the pupils tackled a series of problem solving puzzles using a mix of interactive technology and more traditional type games.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the brainteasers and the competitive element of the event.

The Numeracy co-ordinator, Miss McGuigan reported that the day had been planned as part of a whole school focus on maths mastery, problem solving and investigations in maths.

She added: “The children had lots of fun as they developed their mathematical, communication and team-building skills.

“Parents of all classes have recently been invited to curriculum meetings with each class teacher, to outline the areas to be covered in each year group and to provide useful tips to help at home.”

“This workshop is an extension of our approach of working closely with parents, so that they have an opportunity to observe and indeed take part in the type of active learning in Maths which takes place in school,” Miss McGuigan said.