Flipped Learning Friday 22nd September

Next week we are going to be working with Roman Numerals in maths. Research the symbols they used so you are familiar with how to write the numbers 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. We are expecting you to do this by Tuesday 26th September, ready for our maths lesson.

Any problems please talk with Class Teachers.

3 thoughts on “Flipped Learning Friday 22nd September

    • As I understand it, scholars have different ideas about how and why the letters of the alphabet were used. Some refer to tally marks on sticks with some vertical lines and some horizontal lines. Others refer to hand gestures. Here is an explanation of the latter.

      A single line, or “I,” referred to one unit or finger; the “V” represented five fingers, specifically, the V-shape made by the thumb and forefinger. “X” equaled two hands. (See how an X could be two Vs touching at their points?)

      M = 1,000 — Originally, the Greek letter phi — Φ — represented this value. It was sometimes represented as a C, I and backwards C, like this: CIƆ — which sort of looks like an M. It’s only a coincidence that mille is the Latin word for a thousand.

      D = 500 — The symbol for this number was originally IƆ — half of CIƆ.

      C = 100 — The original symbol was probably theta — Θ — and later became a C. It only coincidentally also stands for centum, the Latin word for a hundred.

      L = 50 — This value was originally represented by a superimposed V and I, or by the letter psi — Ψ — which flattened out to look like an inverted T, and then eventually came to resemble an L.

      I like the fact that she has asked the question; shows an enquiringly mind 😀

  1. Wow. Thank you for answering that. I find it fascinating how all the different languages and symbols can still be used and represented using modern language. I’m glad she has shown some interest in trying to understand it too.

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