Menus from a local restaurant have helped primary school children with the sums.
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School has joined forces with The Boat House restaurant at Chichester Marina for World Maths Day today.
The restaurant is helping the children to engage with their maths lessons by supplying their quirky menus, which use fractions instead of decimals, for challenges.
It all began when Mrs Julia Powell, a teacher at the school, visited the restaurant and asked if she could take a menu to form the basis of a maths lesson.
“The class loved using the menu to convert fractions into decimal numbers,” she said.
“We chose an order of some of the delicious food and tried to add the prices up as fractions, which came to 41 pounds and four fifths, and also in money, £41.80, and then checked that the two totals were equivalent.”
The children were so enthused by their learning that The Boat House has now supplied a new menu and has set them a fresh challenge for World Maths Day - to create a set menu to include a choice of three starters, four mains and four desserts for a specified price.
Mrs Powell said: “The children can then compare that to what it would have cost without the set menu price and work out the savings.
“I will also set some more challenging tasks for those who are very able – such as working out percentage savings or posing scenarios such as ‘The Boat House has offered a 15 per cent discount on the set menu price for two’.
“Not only are the fractions on the menu fantastic for learning maths, it is also fun, and rather mouth-watering, to be distracted by lovely-looking items such as warm waffles or a mezze board.”
Staff at the restaurant were only too delighted to be contacted by Mrs Powell and to be working in partnership with a local school.
Alastair Taylor, general manager, said: “This is exactly the kind of community project we want to be engaged in.
“Our ethos has always been about giving back to the local community and we are so pleased that the children at Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School have got so much value out of using our menus.”
The Boat House is owned by the Ideal Collection, a group of six restaurants across Hampshire and West Sussex which employs more than 160 people.
Owner Matthew Boyle also set up The Ideal Foundation in 2013 which has raised more than £50,000 for community initiatives.
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