As committed partners of Mathsweek, we firmly believe that this week presents an opportunity to sow seeds from which passion for mathematics can grow and flourish throughout the year. During the week, we organised a wide range of events for people from all walks of life to positively engage with mathematics. Please see below for details. We also continue to run many of these events and workshops throughout the year in Ireland, UK and abroad.
This year we are facilitating an Izak9 Math Quest in the shop windows along Grafton Street. There will be Izak9 tasks available to passers by and all adults and children are welcome to participate. The winner will be drawn from those with correct entries at 3pm, in the Math Quest Zone opposite the entrance to St. Stephen's Green.
All welcome to take part!
This Quest proved a great success. The Izak9 stimuli in the shop windows aroused much curiosity during the day and with correct entries submitted from kids, adults and familes from Ireland and abroad, the profile of maths was well and truly raised on Grafton Street on Saturday. Please visit our twitter page for details.
Listen to MathQuest winner Ryan Hogan's take on the day's events.
You can see by the picture below the ease with which these ladies got to grips with Izak9!
We facilitate parent and family workshops at very many locations around the country during maths week and every other week, so if you are interested, please let us know.
A new initiative for this year is that we will visit Ulster University students during their teaching placement in schools all over Northern Ireland. Participating schools are: Whiteabbey PS; Meadow Bridge PS; Kings Park PS; Ballycarrickmaddy PS; Crawfordsburn PS; Christ the Redeemer PS; Christ The King PS; Greystone PS; Edwards PS; Roe Valley PS.
Pictured above is UU PGCE student Kaitlyn Clarke on placement in a P5 class in Whiteabbey Primary School.
This year we focused on the border counties of Donegal, Derry and Tyrone with 2 separate events.
In Derry we brought together: Rosemount PS; Londonderry Model PS; St. Mura's PS, Buncrana; Scoil Naomh Brid, Muff, Co. Donegal. In Strabane, we brought together St. Catherine's PS; Strabane Controlled PS; St. Patrick's NS, Murlog, Lifford; Scoil Cholmcille, Cloughfin, Co. Donegal.
These 2 events formed the centrepiece of our Mathsweek schedule.
We had two brilliant mornings' craic with the Izak9 cubes and pupils from across 3 border counties. Here's Ellie, from St. Catherine's PS, Strabane counting everyone down to kickstart one of our team building activities.
To book a free demonstration workshop for the staff and/or pupils of your school, please fill in your details below and we will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.
Here are some examples:
In Holy Family NS, Swords Tommy Duffy, on behalf of Drumcondra EC will deliver an Izak9 workshop to visiting teachers.
Ora Finnegan, principal of St. Felim's NS, Ballinagh will do the same in Monaghan EC, as will MJ Malone, principal of St. Enda's NS, Lisdoonvarna, in Clare EC.
In Northern Ireland, Kathy Owens will host an Izak9 quiz in Holy Cross Girls PS. Niall McClean will have Izak9 foundation play in Castlewellan.
All our users and Superusers will have Izak9 out for Mathsweek.
The children were very excited by the visitors from ‘the big school ’ and had a great afternoon of fun filled maths activities, delivered by John – pictured below. All staff present really enjoyed the session with the consensus being that there is enormous value to be had from such cross phase visits. The next one will be a primary teacher going in to deliver training to secondary school staff!
Via the Maths Centre in NWRC, during Mathsweek we will be delivering maths workshops to students and early years practitioners. These workshops are only made possible by the extent to which our existing izak9 schools have adopted izak9's use for pupils in the infant and foundation stages.
Outcomes of the leading practice emanating from these schools are profound and make for highly enjoyable, relevant and interactive training for all those involved in early years education.
The afternoon session focused on Primary Fours. All the children were given Izak9 cubes and allowed to complete their tasks on judo mats in the school assembly hall. The focus was on number and shape. Pupils worked hard together to solve the problems posed, using number bonds to 20, 30 and 50 as well as honing their team building and problem solving skills. Great craic was had by all.
On Monday 16th October, the first schoolday of Mathsweek, we will be kicking off in Fivemiletown. delvering a series of workshops with secondary schools Fivemiletown College and St. Ciaran's, Ballygawley. This will be interesting as it the first time we have delivered sessions under the mantle of Shared Education, with two Post Primary schools together. We are most looking forward to it. Pics will be posted here after the event.
The picture above shows pupils from the Claddagh Glen Shared Education Partnership using Izak9 over series of 6 workshops held during the final two terms of 2016/2017.