Welcome. We are a passionate group of educators committed to making Maths more engaging, more juicy , more memorable and more loved. We are active in areas from dance to robotics and believe that students should have the the thrill of making stuff with their Maths. MakingPi is an educational charity (Charity Number : 1158556).
This is a KS2 maths curriculum developed around the excellent Pro–Bot floor robot. This little creature has been around since 2009 and there is so much Maths we can do with it. This is a bit of a “back to the future” project as we grew up learning Maths through LOGO. However having a robot that moves and draws makes a totally different experience. At the moment the lessons are being piloted in Gloucestershire schools and we hope there will be a scheme of work by March 2014. See Robots
This leads naturally onto other robotic projects which are more suitable at KS3 and KS4 using LEGO NXT. A great course is provided by STEMwithRobots. We are forever playing with and exploring the world of robots. Check my Blog for other ideas.
We have found these to be a really fun way for students to fully understand a subject. The students use SCRATCH to create Maths based games exploring specific subjects. Recently I had great success teaching algebra to a year 8 group through this approach. At the moment a few of us are in the process of developing a KS 3 Maths curriculum around this subject. See program.
The use of models in Maths is everywhere from link blocks to probability bags. In fact it is fair to say that Maths is just a modelling language for the real world. As a Maths teacher I have been looking around for a simple modelling system which would allow me teach the basics of Maths right up to algebra and beyond. The system needs to be flexible and ubiquitous. Therefore we have a great interest in LEGO and KNEX as possible candidates. In the blog you will find oodles on modelling Maths. The main project is the development of a LEGO Maths board which allows students to deal with subjects such as multiplication, division, number bonds, fractions, ratios, percentages and graphs with just one board. We are currently in the process of building a network of like-minded educators to start this project.
Maths can be such a static subject. We think everyone needs to move now and again. Developing a curriculum around outdoor maths is such a healthy step. Fortunately there are some great practitioners in the field who share their work generously. This part of the project is about expanding resources and building a curriculum for KS 1, 2, 3 and beyond.
Art and Maths are both languages to describe our experience of the world. The language of Art draws heavily on Maths for all its forms and patterns. We are gathering a great group of practitioners to develop a really effective Art-Maths curriculum. Most importantly children love Art-Maths because they can explore without a sense of wrong or right. Watch this space.
Just for the love of movement. This unifies students and gives them a physical experience of Maths. Students can play with number bonds to algebra through dance, exploring the concept and creating fantastic interpretations. This is not seeking to give students an exact definition; but a deeper feel for what makes up Maths. We hope to launch our Schools outreach programme in September 2014.