Bring creativity into your maths class with.....
The Number Nonsense Competition Would you like your pupils to get even more out of maths? And would you like your school to have the UK’s most innovative maths software to support your teaching?
Ginn, publishers of Abacus Evolve, are running a national competition called ‘Number Nonsense’ to inject even more fun and creativity into maths classes and to ensure children really enjoy learning maths skills.
Abacus Evolve helps children understand maths by using the popular characters from The Quangle Wangle’s Hat poem, written by 19th century British poet, Edward Lear, famous for The Owl and the Pussycat. In the Abacus Evolve programme, Quangle Wangle characters represent maths skills; for example Pobble (who has no toes) counts in 1s, Attery Squash counts in 5s and the Frog (that hops backwards), represents subtraction.
The Frog Subtracts
Pobble Counts in 1s
How to enter the competition
Attery Squash Counts in 5s
To take part in the competition, all the children have to do is create their own character to represent any maths skill. To enter we’d like the children to:
• Decide which maths skill they’d like their character to represent • Draw or paint a character • Give the character a name
The child who creates the best character (to be judged by Ruth Merttens) will win a £50 Toys R Us voucher and the school will win the latest Abacus Evolve Solve the Problem and Talk Maths multi-user CD ROMs worth £400. The competition is open to all primary school children aged between 5 and 7 years. Please send your entries to Judy Anders, Heinemann Primary, Halley Court, Jordan Hill, Oxford OX2 8EJ. The deadline for entries is 31st December 2005.
1. This competition is run by Harcourt Education Limited of Halley Court, Jordan Hill, Oxford, OX2 8EJ
2. The competition is for UK primary schools entering on behalf of their pupils aged from 5 to 7 years old with drawings
4. Only one completed entry per child 5. Closing date for the competition is 31st December 2005 6. The winners name will be announced in the ﬁrst 2006 e-newsletter 7. Our decision is ﬁnal and no correspondence will be entered into
8. The competition is not open to any employees of Harcourt Education Limited or their families.
of their nonsense character, a title, the Maths skill their character represents and by providing full contact details. 3. Entry is restricted to those currently attending a UK Primary School.
The Quangle Wangle’s Hat a poem by Edward Lear On the top of the Crumpetty Tree The Quangle Wangle sat, But his face you could not see, On account of his Beaver Hat. For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide, With ribbons and bibbons on every side And bells, and buttons, and loops and lace, So that nobody ever could see the face Of the Quangle Wangle Quee. The Quangle Wangle said To himself on the Crumpetty Tree, Jam; and jelly; and bread; Are the best food for me! But the longer I live on this Crumpetty Tree The plainer than ever it seems to me That very few people come this way And that life on the whole is far from gay! Said the Quangle Wangle Quee.
But there came to the Crumpetty Tree, Mr. and Mrs. Canary; And they said, Did you ever see Any spot so charmingly airy? May we build a nest on your lovely Hat? Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that! O please let us come and build a nest Of whatever material suits you best, Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee! And besides, to the Crumpetty Tree Came the Stork, the Duck and the Owl; The Snail, and the Bumble-Bee, The Frog, and the Fimble Fowl; The Fimble Fowl, with a Corkscrew leg; And all of them said, We humbly beg, We may build our homes on your lovely Hat, Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that! Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee! And the Golden Grouse came there, And the Pobble who has no toes, And the small Olympian bear, And the Dong with a luminous nose. And the Blue Baboon, who played the ﬂute, And the Orient Calf from the Land of Tute, And the Attery Squash, and the Brisky Bat, All came and built on the lovely Hat Of the Quangle Wangle Quee. And the Quangle Wangle said To himself on the Crumpetty Tree, When all these creatures move What a wonderful noise there’ll be! And at night by the light of the Mulberry moon They danced to the ﬂute of the Blue Baboon, On the broad green leaves of the Crumpetty Tree, And all were as happy as happy could be, With the Quangle Wangle Quee.