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The School of Numbers: Learn about Mathematics with 40 Simple Lessons

The School of Numbers: Learn about Mathematics with 40 Simple Lessons

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Welcome Aboard the Starship Infinity

Greetings Cadet!

Congratulations on being accepted into our prestigious Astro Academy for maths. The Starship Infinity is an interstellar research ship roaming the galaxy on a quest for knowledge. Our Astro Academy takes the finest recruits and trains them to be fully fledged crew members. Your lessons will be taught by several leading officers, all experts in their mathematical fields.

We will guide you through three terms, with a total of 40 lessons, on your mathematical journey. In your first term we will help you get to grips with numbers, in your second term we will shed light on the secrets of shapes, and in your final term we will show you how to apply maths to the real world around you.

Ready? We can’t wait to get started!

Why is Maths Important?

Maths allows you to give your brain a workout, making it quicker and sharper. The more you exercise your body, the fitter you get, and it’s the same with your brain: the more you use it, the better it works. Maths is brilliant for getting those brain cells buzzing.

Maths is also important because it helps us solve real-world problems. From reducing traffic jams to designing buildings, from baking cakes to predicting the weather, maths is necessary for all sorts of jobs.

For astronauts, maths is vital. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to build, launch or navigate our spaceships. You’ll find maths everywhere in the real world: in nature, in music, and even in art. Because maths can be found in so many places, mastering it allows you to understand the world – and it will also help you become amazing at card games and magic tricks!

Here, aboard the Starship Infinity, we will guide you as you embark on your mathematical journey. From basic adding up and taking away to multiplication and division, working out fractions and percentages, transforming shapes, understanding probability… we’ll be with you every step of the way. If you work hard and practice, you could be captain of your own space cruiser one day!

What are Digits?

Getting a Handle on Angles

Graphs and Charts

What are Statistics?

How Can We Make Division Easier?

Square Numbers and Square Roots

The Amazing Number 9

Puzzling Perimeters

What are Digits?

Getting a Handle on Angles

Graphs and Charts

What are Statistics?

How Can We Make Division Easier?

Square Numbers and Square Roots

The Amazing Number 9

Puzzling Perimeters

Welcome to the School of Numbers

Term 1 Getting the Knack of Numbers

Welcome to Term 1, new cadets! As part of our first term aboard the Starship Infinity we will be learning all about numbers, and how we can use them in all sorts of useful ways.

This term, we’ll discover how to use numbers to do all sorts of tricks. You’ll stick them together, split them apart, and multiply them until they become bigger and bigger and bigger! Getting to grips with numbers will help you as you climb the ranks of our starship. From comparing quantities of alien spacecraft to working out how much rocket fuel you need, or even dividing a pizza in the Cosmic Cafeteria, numbers are everywhere.

Master them, and the galaxy will become your mathematical playground. Seatbelts buckled? Ready for blast off? Here we go!

Term 2 All Shapes and Sizes

Well done cadets, you’ve made it to Term 2. By now, you should be feeling pretty comfortable playing around with numbers. But maths isn’t all about numbers. In Term 2, we’ll discover the delights of geometry: the maths of lines, shapes and solids.

Understanding shapes is key to understanding the universe around us. Shapes and angles are everywhere – just take a look around the Starship Infinity’s Control Room. From the circular buttons on the launch panel to the rectangular screens on every wall, from the triangular logos on our uniforms to the square tiles on the floor, the more you look, the more shapes you will discover. But what makes a triangle a triangle? What makes a circle a circle? Never fear, cadets, this term you will discover the secrets of shapes!

Term 3 Real-World Maths

Good work, cadets – you’ve made it to your final term. Now we’re going one step further and exploring how you can make use of maths in your daily lives. You’ll discover how to master measurements and maps; how to grapple with graphs and statistics. We’ll also use maths to delve into astronomy, which will help you aboard the Starship Infinity.

Did you know that, in a room of just 23 people, there’s a 50 percent chance that two of them have the same birthday? This is all to do with probability, the maths of chance, which we’ll also be tackling this term. You might already have an idea what the word ‘average’ means, but did you know that in maths, there are three different types of average, called the mean, median and mode? You’ll meet these useful terms in our lesson on statistics–the maths of data.

By the time you’ve reached the end of Term 3, you’ll look at the world, and the universe for that matter, in a whole new light, seeing mathematics everywhere.

Graduation Ceremony

Well done, cadets. You’ve reached the end of your third and final term at the Astro Academy, which means you’re ready to become official crewmembers of the Starship Infinity. It’s time to celebrate your achievements at our graduation ceremony – congratulations!

Maths is a living, breathing subject. It may seem that the experts have all the answers, and that there’s not much more to find out. But the more we discover about maths, the world and the cosmos, the more we realise how much there still is to learn. Mathematicians today are grappling with many big questions, such as what is the next largest prime number, how big is infinity, and what is the shape of the universe?

Your voyage of mathematical discovery is by no means over – it’s only just beginning!
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