Children, School News

The Magic Square

We are very excited that our Magic Square has been finished and is the first one painted in this country. Designed in Columbia, the Magic Square is a human sized board game designed to help children learn the basics of mathematics through play. It aims to:

  • Teach children the basic knowledge of numbers 1 to 100. Removing fear and giving knowledge and confidence in the areas of addition, subtraction and multiplication.
  • To familiarise the children with the main colours.
  • To familiarise the children with basic shapes.
  • To develop creativity, imagination and social interaction.

The School Council voted for this project and donated their annual budget to it. To raise some additional money they invited all of the children to come to school dressed in their own brightly coloured clothes. The rest of the money was raised on a wet miserable Sunday during the Half Term holiday when some children, their dads and Mr and Mrs Sergeant from the Owl Class did their ‘NR8 Funny Run.’ They did a fantastic job and we are extremely grateful to them.

The Funny Runners completing their challenge

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Mikee, the designer, meets one of the fund raisers to discuss the project. Not only has the money raised built a Magic Square here but it has also funded another one in Columbia.

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Each class worked with Mikee to design a square and have an input into the game.

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We enjoyed watching the square progress.

When it was finished the Owl Class cut the ribbon and officially opened it.

Mikee taught us some of the games that we can play with it but one of the best bits is that we can make up our own games and our own rules.

One square was dedicated to our ‘NR8 Funny Runners.’

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The children have been very excited watching the square develop over the past few weeks and have even been creating their own ones in our outside areas.

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