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Number Day at Mabe!
Along with many other schools nationally, Mabe celebrated Number Day on Friday 2nd February. The day had the dual aims of: (a) raising money for the NSPCC and (b) putting the core subject of Mathematics in the spotlight. For the donation of £1, children came to school wearing numbers, shapes or patterns. Look at the photos to see how creative some of us were! We wanted to share our day, and indeed our Maths learning, with our parents, so they were invited along for the morning. Children, staff and parents gathered in the hall for a Maths assembly, where we shared our feelings about the subject and saw just how much fun it could be. We thought it was very interesting that when posed the question, “Did/do you enjoy Maths learning at school?” only 20% of the 40 adults in attendance agreed, whereas over 80% of the children raised their hands! Then parents were invited to watch Maths in action, from the little ones in the nursery up to our 11 year olds in Class 4. Maths sessions were fun, interactive and full of learning. Parents commented that their children’s experiences were different from their own! After breaktime, Maths continued in each class whilst Mrs Pearce and Mr Hayes talked to the parents in the hall. They shared teaching methods and advice. Parents were given helpful tips on a handout and were reassured that they could come and see us for support at any time.
Parent comments included “It was great to see all the children ready to learn and excited, ”It was lovely to see Maths so active and the children worked together so well” and “There has been a lot of effort to make sure the parents can help their children with a joined up approach with the school.” This positive response and the smiles on the children’s faces made us feel that the day was a success. We will certainly consider holding Number Day on an annual basis. Many thanks to all involved!