As we celebrate VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), I thought we could have a go at connecting our Maths learning to history.
This week I would like you to pull together various maths skills to create and plan a Dig For Victory - Garden Plot.
What is this you might say?
Basically a vegetable patch but there is more to it. You will need to use your knowledge of area and perimeter, units of measure, addition, subtraction, multiplication and maybe even division.
1. Research the types of crops readily available and grown in England during WW2.
2. Decide on the crops you are going to grow.
3. How many mouths do you need to feed? You need to work out how much food you want to grow, too little and you won't feed everyone and too much, it could go to waste. Challenge: Could you present ratios you need, of one crop to another?
4. How much space do you need to grow your chosen crops. Find out what the guidelines are for planting these crops. For example some crops need to spaced apart up to 2metres, others only inches apart. What area of space are you going to need?
5. Now using all the information gathered in steps 1-4, you can work out how big your vegetable plot needs to be to accommodate your crops. Can you link this to the space you have in your own gardens (if you have them - don't worry if not). Have you got enough room? Or do you need to scale down or choose different crops to fit?
6. On completing step 5 - you know how much space you need, so think about your layout? Are you going to have one big vegetable patch or several smaller patches. Think about the practicalities of your vegetable patch, it needs to be readily accessible. Don't forget to include the pathways between and around the patches. You will rely heavily on this food supply to get you through the war, you will need to look after it. If the layout isn't just right, it could make life difficult. So plan your layout well.
7. Present your vegetable plot in all its glory - draw it out accurately (you might even colour it), include labels (you can include a key) and all measurements. Measurements for your crop distances but also the vegetable patches/space around and plot itself - does all the Maths add up? You will also need to think about the scale when presenting your work, you may be working in meters but you cannot draw it in meters. Provide details and information on your crops and family so we can see how well you have catered for everyone. Remember your stomach depends on it.
Below I have included a PDF of these instructions and added some additional links and resources to help you with your work.
Lastly check out Miss P's YouTube channel for more support.
HAVE FUN - we are looking forward to seeing everyone's designs and maths.