Learning Focus


We’ve made a great start to the mathematical year in the 5/6 Neighbourhood. In our maths inquiry, students are getting in the habit of choosing between “Maths on my own”, “Maths with a friend” and “Writing about maths.” We have also started focussing on different ways of solving mathematical problems. Here’s one for you to try:

“If ten people meet in a room and each person shakes hands with each of the others, how many handshakes take place?”

How would you solve this problem? Our students came up with the ideas of acting it out, using logic, drawing a picture and making a table.