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Mar 3

Week 5 Puzzle


Last week's coaching session was a real success. Well done! Thanks Max, for your masterclass on Albrecht Duerer, the magic square and measuring the universe.


Several coaches mentioned that they enjoyed last week's puzzle, so here is a similar one. Please read it through before Thursday. It will take you 5-10 minutes, mainly to figure out how to set up your teams. You'll have table name tags and noise makers to help you next week, but nothing will help you more than reading the instructions beforehand - do it on your phone while on the bus or as you wait around for someone. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes


If you are going to miss practice, please find a stand-in for you and let us know by emailing info@mathsteams.org. Thanks.

Working through this puzzle brought out the procrastinator in me. Why? Seeing all those blank spaces and then the clues being all dependent on other clues made me want to find something to clean. I hate the feeling of not have a very clear and specific way to start. I forced myself to do it and sure enough it was a painful start. Eventually I figured out a pathway that worked for me and soon it became addictive (and faster).


I'm curious to see if your teams will feel the same....

Mar 7

For the children it will be harder. That’s because you’ll have two teams of four competing against each other. To play, split each team of 4 into 2 mini teams of 2. This is how those two mini teams work together: One of the mini teams will be tasked with solving all the down clues and the other mini team all the across clues. Coaches sit in the middle of the two mini teams and check whether the answers are right before allowing them to share those answers with the other mini team of the quartet they belong to. The rub is that almost all the across clues depend on the children knowing the answers to some down clues to solve them and all the down clues depend on the children knowing the answers to some across clues to solve them. The winner is the quartet that finishes first or completes more of the puzzle in the allotted time (usually 20 or 30 mins, depending on how much time you have). This game tests inventiveness and strategy, but more than anything it will be won by whichever quartet has the grit to stick it out through the tough beginning, just like Irene did. ; )

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  • We will meet in the dinning hall on Thursday. The afternoon will be split into two parts. The first is a maths relay and the second is the farewell and prize giving. You'll get the instructions you need for the rally on the day. For the prize giving, make sure you bring your comments about each of your children. Don't wing it. They'll notice. See you soon!
  • You did a fab job coaching last week. It was a joy to watch so many of the children super focussed and looking up at their worthy role models. Thank you. This week teams will do their 3 minute presentations. While they aren’t presenting, they’ll have puzzles to do. Points will be won for both The puzzles and presentations. The only thing you need to know is that we need to be relatively quick so we can give everyone a go. See you Thursday.
  • It is competition time! The contest will run over the coming four Thursdays with coaches and teams earning points to see who will be crowned the winner. Challenge 1 is our mathematical investigation and starts this week. Here is the information you will need. Please read it before Thursday. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HizR-QVNMCIKvujtfTAjMv8tcv-pIRes If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email info@mathsteams.org