Derwen College students embraced all things numerical to mark Natspec’s Maths Week 2018 from 5th-9th March.
Learners from all departments, took up the Work It Out! theme, to count, measure and weigh in the kitchens, shop, gardens and even the gym.
With a focus on using maths skills in the workplace, students celebrated and shared maths while having fun at the same time. Their efforts even made the attention of television presenter Rachel Riley of Countdown who commented on the college’s maths work on social media.
Many students also entered the Work it Out! Competition to showcase in a short video or set of photographs the maths skills they are developing that will be useful to them at work.
Students from all areas of the college took part in Maths Week with activities ranging from counting and recording bread for the college’s Farm Shop, measuring wood for cutting in Land-Based Studies, and weighing out ingredients in Hospitality and Customer Services.
Functional Skills teacher Iain Evans said he was pleased to see so many students and teachers having fun with maths.
He said: “It was great to see all the amazing maths work, and so much good work going on. We showed everyone how much we do embed here, and how good we are at making it useful and enjoyable for the learners.”
All the hard work drew attention from Natspec, National Numeracy, and many fellow specialist colleges. It also drew comment on social media from maths whizz Rachel Riley from TV’s Countdown.
Rachel commented on Twitter about students who were stock-taking chocolate bars, and offered some maths counting advice when working with chocolate (one for you, one for me!).