Maths Week Ireland
Lismullen N.S. has successfully taken part in Maths Week Ireland every October since 2010. Every year a packed programme of fun and engaging maths activities are organised for the children. Activities include the following:
- Daily Maths Puzzles & Prizes
- Guess the Number in the Jar Competition
- Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Competition
- Maths Eyes Competition
- Problem Solving for Junior Classes
- Maths Trails
- Maths Art
In 2016 teachers also presented material based on ‘A Week of Inspirational Maths’ aimed at changing children’s mind-set towards maths.
Mangahigh is a ‘games based’ maths resource which offers free access for children during Maths Week Ireland. Every year all children from 2nd – 6th Class are registered on the website for Maths Week. In 2016 100 children from Lismullen N.S. engaged with the website, with 4 children being awarded medals for their outstanding achievements.
Children in Junior Classes have all been registered on www.happynumbers.com with a programme of age appropriate maths activities.
Following engagement with the Department of Education’s School Self-Evaluation process, problem solving was identified as an area of improvement for maths in the school. This led to a range of strategies being implemented by class teachers to develop the children’s thinking, problem solving & mathematical skills.
Science Week Ireland takes place in November each year. To mark the week a range of speakers are invited to present interesting & engaging science material to the children. Invited guests encourage active participation from the children in a range of science experiments.
Science & Maths Award
In recent years Lismullen N.S. was awarded a Discover Science & Maths Award from The Science Foundation Ireland for excellence in whole school science & maths engagement.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, beginning with simple coding activities for children. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week takes place December 5th – 11th. Opportunities to access coding activities nurture problem-solving skills, logic & creativity. The great news is you don’t have to wait until December to try coding. There are great free coding tutorials available now for children to try. The tutorials are self-guiding & include simple problem solving activities based on popular children’s hits: Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen & Angry Birds to name a few. Go to https://code.org/learn to start coding now.