Film: 5236

Education | 1960 | Sound | Colour


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This film shows how primary school children (5 to 10 year olds) are taught mathematics in a school in Coventry.

An hop-scotch animation spells the film title. Primary school children are learning mathematics. Close up of a school board saying "can you count?". Five year old children learn to count by playing with toys such as cyclists, horses and buses. The five year olds learn about mathematical relationships such as subtraction and addition by playing with toys. Close up of the children. close up of clover plants scattered among the grass. Close up of a hand holding beads. Children place beads on top of the clover plants in order to count the number of clover plants they find. Children join beads in a long string and compare each string of beads. Close up of a child counting beads on two strings. A group of children use a string of 10 beads to shorten the count while others count each bead individually. A group of small strings. Children do multiplication on a blackboard. Close up of the various multiplication methods used by the children. Instructions for a weighing and measuring project. Marbels, spoons, dried peas and beans etc are weighed by the children, they compare all the weights. A guinea pig is also weighed for several days. The children examine bottles of different shapes and sizes. A girl compares bottle heights. Children measure their own heights. They also measure the "robot's" height. Close up of the children school work. Instruction for a project about how to measure and estimate distance from the school gate to the church gate. A boy estimates a distance in feet. Two boys are estimating a distance in feet. They write down their estimates. They then measure the same distance with a turn wheel and write it down next to the estimated values. Instructions for a project about capacity. Close up of a medicine bottle and of a half pint milk bottle. A boy is measuring the capacity of several bottles by filling them with water. A glass full of cornflakes is weighed by a nine year old. Plasticine, an half once, is weighed. The weights are recorded on a graph. A glass of tea is also weighed and so is an empty glass. Close of a graph showing the different weights. A ball of plasticine is weighed. The plasticine ball is put into a beaker containing water. A four once iron weight is put into a beaker containg water. The plasticine ball and the iron weight are both put into a beaker containing water. The cubic untits are recorded by a boy. Close up of the cubic measurments. A board containing different thickness of threads. Children wrap thread around pieces of cardboard. They measure the thickness of various threads. Close up of the various cards containing various thread thickness. More weight experiments. A boy measures the thickness of a wod of blotting paper. A boy counts the sheets of blotting paper in the wod. Close up of the results of the thickness of the blotting paper. Two boys are making a scale model out of cardboard. Close up of a page saying "Scale model of the Coventry Cathedral Church". Close up of the scale model of the Conventry Cathedral Church done by a 7 year old. The model's Cathedral door is measured. Results of the measurments. The words "How far has your letter travelled?" are on a board. Several letters with stamps. Close up of a post mark "Dundee, Angus, 23 April 1964". A boy holds the letter and points to Dundee on a U.K. map. A board says "The Railway regions of Great Britain and Ireland". Close up of children marking a U.K. map. Close up of the scale of a railway map. The child measures the string and converts the measument to the actual distance that the letter travelled. A child measures the height of a school hall using a 45 degree set-square. Mathematical calculations showing how the height of the school was measured. Other children measure the height of the school by measuring its shadow. A board showing a cat with the words "My face is an octagon, what shape is your face?". Close up of a snail shell, two pine cones, plastic bangles and a metal coil. Close up of a table mat, a pencil holder and some cubic forms. Geometrical drawings. Cubes and spheres. Children measure the perimeter of a set of cubes. A square yard of multicoloured tiles. The tiles are arranged into different shapes. Circular, triangular and square containers are filled with sand and weighed. Close up of the containers being filled with sand. Close up of the weights. Geometrical drawings. A girl is making a poligon, the center and interior angles of various poligons are measured. A child draws a graph of the center and interior angle measurments. Boys are making regular poligons using sticks. A graph shows the rigidity of poligons. Two children find out the direction of the wind, they count the revolution of the wind gage in one minute. Close up of a thermometer. A temperature graph. A wind speed graph. A distribution graph. View of the classroom. The distribution graph. Close up of school children maybe 10 year olds. The teacher talks to two children next to the blackboard. Two children measure the diameter and circunference of as many round objects as they can find. Close up of a boy marking the diameter on a graph. A jar full of jelly beans. Close up of the graph showing the different measurements. A Rowntree sweet tin. Another close up of the graph showing the relationship between circumference and diameter. A board with graphs. A child does a gradient and speed experiment. The results are recorded on a graph. Children count and record the traffic passing outside the school. Several shots of cars and lorries. Children plot graphs describing the number and type of traffic that passed outside their school.

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