The Magic of Maths – Sherborne Prep School

14 Feb 2023

Sherborne Prep recently welcomed Leonardo Helicopters to campus for a Junior Maths Day organised by Head of Maths, Martin Stepney.

Sherborne Prep magic of mathsYear 3, 4 and 5 pupils were split into their four houses, and rotated around four different activities, all based on the theme of Shape and Measure: staircase investigations, tessellations, constructing 3D shapes and helicopter blade designThey had the opportunity to work in teams of three to design three helicopter blades using paper, and a combination of weighted materials including paperclips, blue tack and sellotape. They were encouraged to be creative with their designs, which were then judged by staff from Leonardo’s at the end of their sessions.

The sessions encouraged the children to develop their teamwork skills, creativity and thinking skills, particularly in their lesson with Leonardo’s as they soon discovered that a few of the intricate blade designs wouldn’t fly for long periods, when compared to simpler, symmetrical designs.

Martin Stepney, Head of Maths said: “The success of our themed Maths day was reflected in every child.  Pupils from Year 3 – 5 were excited, engaged and entranced by the variety of activities that took place.  The realisation on their faces when they discovered they were learning mathematical concepts from food, helicopters and games of Tetris told me everything! They loved it! Special thanks go to the members of staff for organising their activities as well as Leonardo Helicopter manufacturers for their fantastic propeller designs and flying activity.”

Overall, this was an excellent day for our pupils, and we hope to work with Leonardo Helicopters again soon.