It’s a Mathematical Christmas!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in News | No Comments

When you think of Christmas you traditionally think of presents, trees and Brussels sprouts, but this year the children in 7B1 at saltash.net didn’t think of any of these; they instead, turned their attention to Christmas maths.

The top set group, having spent a few lessons talking about the methods to calculate the area of some more complex shapes, decided to see exactly what sort of waist measurement we might expect Santa to have, and what amount of material we may need to make the jolly old man’s suit.

Their miniature models, however, never quite made it to human size, as the event transcended into more of a challenge on how small they could make the area of the mythical man.

The winner of this challenge was Amelia Hornewho managed to make her Santa an incredibly small 2cm high, with an area of 1.4cm.

The event was a great success with the children finding out a lot about the deep maths behind compound areas… and also finding out Santa is slightly too large to purchase his belt from Primark.