Symmetry Outdoor Maths – Creativelearning

Get out with a camera and find as many examples of symmetry as possible.  Then come back and classify them into how many lines of symmetry. The quest can have points based on the number of lines of symmetry found.  There are some really good sorting apps for phones see the whole thing on JulietContinue reading “Symmetry Outdoor Maths – Creativelearning”

Outdoor Maths Kits Gets You Started

There are a lot of ways of doing Maths outside the classroom.  However the main problem is getting out of the classroom.  There are no prizes for having a class full of kids running round outside  – other than a group of kids highly motivated! This outdoor Maths game kit is excellent for providing 30Continue reading “Outdoor Maths Kits Gets You Started”

Robots and Maths at Primary

There are a number of different robots available for maths at the Primary level.  They teach sequential logic, counting and turning.  The resources can be extended further by imaginative use of mats to include time based problems. The two systems I like are Bebot and Bigtrack.  The big track has a great expansion capacity andContinue reading “Robots and Maths at Primary”

Linking Cubes Still Great

These have been with us for a great deal of time.  However a revisit of this tried and tested resource is overdue. The cube sets be used to explore the following problems really well: Primary: number bonds, counting, area squares and rectangles, basic volume Secondary: plan, side and elevation drawing, cube and square numbers, volumeContinue reading “Linking Cubes Still Great”

In Search of Real Data – Thermometers

 From about £4 Thermometer work can be a really interesting way of discovering the school grounds and rooms.  Taking measurements through out the school can lead to the development of heat maps.  Other questions which it can raise are: Where is the most heat being used? Where would be the warmest place outside for aContinue reading “In Search of Real Data – Thermometers”

In Search of Real Data – Forehead Thermometers

I have used these little strips for measuring temperature after exercise of after being outside.  You can get the students to hold their breath and for short periods to see if they an raise the temperature.  Once again results can be processed in the normal way. Another alternative is to create a heat map ofContinue reading “In Search of Real Data – Forehead Thermometers”

In Search of Real Data – Stop Watches

Measuring and thinking mathematically about a problem is crucial part of Maths education. However often we do not collect enough real interesting data  to capture the students imagination.  The following basic tools can be used to gain data which will motivate students: 1. Stop Watches These can be used for a whole load of timeContinue reading “In Search of Real Data – Stop Watches”