Workington pupils crack puzzles
Last updated at 16:35, Friday, 11 October 2013
PUPILS at a Workington school found that maths can be fun when they were set a series of interactive challenges.
Around 250 year seven and eight pupils at St Joseph’s School were divided into teams to solve puzzles to help with their communication, problem solving and mathematics skills.
The Happy Puzzle Company, from Hertfordshire, brought the puzzles to the school on Tuesday.
The challenges included trying to pile toy penguins onto a wobbly tower and a jigsaw where students had to assemble the pieces so that no matching colours were touching.
Mike Cosh, head of maths, said: “They are working together to develop communication skills and solve problems. These skills go on to be used in other lessons and outside of class.
“They don’t understand that they are learning while doing the puzzles. It’s getting that fun aspect back into the classroom.”
Pupils were given the opportunity to show off their problem-solving skills when parents were invited to the school in the evening to see what they had learnt.
Year seven student Rowan Evans, 11, said: “I like how we have used teamwork and everyone has been able to join in.”
Alysha Dickinson, 11, said: “It’s been brilliant. It gets everyone to work together.”
First published at 16:34, Friday, 11 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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