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MEDIA RELEASE: Hair raising fun as schools across Renfrewshire celebrate Maths Week Scotland

Maths Week Scotland 2018 - hair raising  From treasure hunts to orienteering, cracking number codes and harvesting fruit and veg, pupils across Renfrewshire schools enjoyed hair raising fun during Maths Week Scotland.

At Lochfield Primary in Paisley, pupils estimated and then measured the length of their locks, while primary seven pupils from Auchenlodment Primary School in Johnstone created maths problems and posted them around the community. Local residents were encouraged to retweet their answers to win a prize.

St Margaret's Primary School launched times table 'rockstars' and pupils had a swashbuckling time with Pirate maths adventures.

At Linwood High first year pupils investigating the work in aerodynamics of famous mathematician Daniel Bernoulli took part in a paper-plane event.

Maths Week Scotland - Woodlands Primary  Children at Woodlands Primary enjoyed a range of maths activities, while Renfrew's Arkleston Primary School had a visit from a local bank. A  money workshop was held for senior pupils on how to budget for a party. At Todholm Primary School, primary one to five pupils enjoyed a visit from Starling Learning. They took part in will be workshops outdoors, all with a numeracy focus, with topics including the books Stick Man and The Gruffalo, as well as Minibeasts and Signs of Autumn.

Parent visitors also talked to the children about how they use numeracy and maths in their jobs, including a paramedic and a Project Manager for naval ships.

In the nursery at Houston Primary School, children harvested fruit and vegetables, before weighing and counting them to make their own soup.

Maths Week Scotland 2018  Houston Primary Junior school pupils made number super hero capes and enjoyed a number hunt in the woods as well as an alien maths relay and a 'crack the code' to open a padlock.

Senior pupils took part in a money group challenges and class shop and planned a trip to Paris on a budget, checking foreign currency and exchange rates, while primary seven held a Gryffe High School Treasure Hunt and played board games to play with their P1 buddies.

Maths Week Scotland - Bishopton  A 'jelly' good time was had at Bishopton Primary where pupils measured the right amount of water to make the delicious wobbly stuff.

At Our Lady of Peace pupils enjoyed solution based and quick fire puzzles while at Williamsburgh Primary in Paisley, primary one children had lots of fun making their own supermarket shop, writing receipts, using price lists and entering this amount into the tills.

They also made their own crocodile as they are exploring jungles and their animals. and investigating what 'enormous' is.   

The fun extended across Bargarran, Barsail, Inchinnan, Langbank and Rashielea Primary Schools who had a variety of joint activities, including a maths and art competition with the theme of bridges in Scotland where pupils researched and discussed bridges before creating a piece of art.

Article published 14 September, 2018

Picture captions:

1. Leah Jones and Romey Aitken from Lochfield Primary estimated and then measured the length of their hair.

2. Pupils at Houston Primary enjoyed a special assembly to mark Maths Week Scotland.

3. Woodlands Primary Pupils