Meet Hadriana, Cicero and Vitus who live in the town of Pompeii. Help them to explore the villa that Hadriana’s father is building and work out the area of different rooms and mosaics. Pupils will help them to count the squares in mosaics and shapes on the wall and work out the sizes of different rooms, all before disaster strikes….
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Discussion points for teachers
1. Estimate how many mosaic tiles will be needed to cover the area.
Discuss the reference mosaic square. Discuss how many would be needed to work out the area of the mosaic. Discuss what it means to estimate.
2. The cubiculum covers a bigger area than the tablinium! Do you agree with Cicero? Use the reference square to help you.
Discuss the surface of both rooms. Discuss the number of squares and how the reference square should be used to estimate on both rooms.
Cicero is correct. The cubiculum covers 19 squares, the tablinium covers 18 squares.
3. Which shape is made up of the most squares? What is the area of each shape?
Discuss the number of squares in each shape. Discuss an estimate before counting. Discuss how different shapes can appear to cover bigger areas.
The gardens are made up of the most squares. Gardens = 21 squares; Kitchen = 16 squares; Reception = 19 squares.
4. There are 6 squares in one row and 4 rows altogether. What is the total area of the bath house?
Discuss how this could be shown as a multiplication question. Discuss the relationships and count to prove the answer.
5. How many squares are there of each colour?
Discuss the different colours and count the squares to work out each one.
Blue = 4 squares; Green = 5 squares; Red = 5 squares; Purple = 4 squares; Yellow = 3 squares; Black = 3 squares
6. Count the shape on the wall. Do you agree with Hadriana?
Discuss the shape of the green snake. Discuss ways of working out the answer, can a multiplication be used?
Hadriana is incorrect. There are 22 squares.
National Curriculum Objectives
Mathematics Year 4: (4M7b) Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
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