## Monday 2 December 2013

### What did I learn in Maths this year?

On the front page of our school reports we have a section where the students have to write a paragraph, reflecting on their experience over the previous 6 months. It's a great opportunity for them to reflect on what they did, what progress they made and what they aim for next time.

## Long Division

Long division was a bit of a preoccupation for Year 6 this year. The kids came in at the start of the year expecting this to be the ultimate experience of Year 6 maths. This came out strongly in their reflection comments:

One of my favorite things about this year has been long division. When I first tried it I had no clue but once it had been explained to me on how to do it I found it easy. I hope that next year I learn just as much.

I have enjoyed maths and art this semester because I liked learning about long division and long multiplication.

This year I have got a lot better at maths, learning lots of new things like long division.

Year 6 has gone so quickly but I have learnt many things. I learnt how to use a defibrillator, what happened at Cowra and how to use long division and long multiplication.

Math was the second best thing for me. I learnt how complex it really is. Long division was hard for me.

## Place Value, Fractions and Decimals

This semester I have found decimals and chance in maths fun. I had fun doing chance because it was fun working in groups and completing activities. I liked decimals because it made everything a little harder.

I think I have also displayed a good understanding of long multiplication and regular multiplication.  Next year I hope to improve on my handwriting and learn how to do fractions because I just don’t understand them at all.

Don't understand fractions at all? That's a bit of a worry...

My main strengths would be some aspects of maths like percentages, Mandarin and most things in music. My weaknesses would be most things in maths and some things UOI.

## Fun, Enjoyment and Improvement

These are the ones that put a smile on my face and make me think I've done something useful this year.

I have greatly improved in my maths and I enjoy it a lot more than I used to.

I have learnt to enjoy maths because of all the activities that have been creative and challenging. Even though I still have a long way to go I think I will be more open to the new ideas of mathematics.

My goal for Year 7 is to have a deeper understanding of mathematical calculations.

Some of my strengths for this year would be P.E and maths.

I like solving maths algorithms.