Te Mihi Community Maths Update

In maths we have been exploring the world of geometry and in particular, 2D and 3D shapes. Students have been making 3D shapes from geometric nets and finding images of objects in the world around us that share these shapes’ characteristics. All students enjoy these hands-on activities and they make mathematical connections to our world - both man-made and natural.

The children are becoming more aware of shapes and are now working on  finding the qualifying features of both 2D and 3D shapes. For example, a square must have 4 sides of equal length and 4 equal (square) angles. Encourage your children to notice shapes. For example:

  • most parcels are cuboid,

  • Fire hydrants are cylinders:

  • Buildings contain many shapes - triangular prisms, cubes, cuboids, cylinders, hexagonal prisms.

  • Bee hives are wonderful examples of nature’s geometry - hexagonal prisms.

These observations may lead to a genuine interest and pursuit of knowledge from your child.

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Jack's cube

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Declan's pentagonal prism

Jack M - “A cube has 6 faces, 8 vertices and 12 edges. Each face of the cube is the same as the others - 4 equal sides and 4 right angles. In real life a cube is used for dice, houses and rubiks cubes”

Declan - “I chose a pentagonal prism.. This has 7 faces. The end 2 faces are pentagons. The pentagon has 5 corners and 5 sides which are the same. In real life, I found a kind of rubriks cube and a house”

Declans pentagonal prism