The hedgehog republic is the idea that by joining gardens together and closely monitoring the hedgehogs we will be able to maintain and grow the populations. The republics will have a number of the hogbox stations which record the weight and appearance of the hedgehog. This data will be immediately shared on the web portal allowing the local community to develop a strong protective bond to their local hedgehog community.
The local primary school children run the hedgehog republics as part of their curriculum. This will allow them to use what they are learning to help their local hedgehogs. They will become ambassadors for the hedgehog republic. The ambassadors will help to promote safe gardening practices and tunnels through fences. For further information see the information pack.
Hedgehog Feed stations
The hogbox is a sophisticated system designed to monitor the hedgehog either as a feeding station or as a resident. It is equipped with a camera, microphone, temperature inside and out and weight. The information is sent directly to web portal which records all the data ( Hedgehog live).
We have developed hedgehog tunnels for Nottingham Trent University to read pit tags as hedgehog more between gardens. The equipment can be deployed with a solar panel for months at a time or by battery power for 2 week stretches.
Yes, I know that we could go straight to the screen and play with LOGO. However young minds are so impressionable and it is our responsibility to give them as many possilbe learning avenues. That is why Rob and I are piloting the use of learning LOGO programming on physical boards.
It introduces angles at level 3 ( rt90, lt90, lt45, rt45, lt180, rt180) and also level 3/4 algebra in the form of fd [ ? ]. The forward and backward value is rolled via a dice nicely introducing variables without being too explicit.
Number bonds are just so important for strong mental maths …. but so boring! However that is where card games, board games and Art comes in. Number bond art is just a fun way of making these things more sticky. That is why I like making lolly sticks, cakes and biscuits:
We had 4 sessions exploring Robotics and Maths at Gastrells Primary School. The students loved it and really expanded their knowledge of angles and distance. I will publish the full lesson sequence here shortly.
This is just another example of how the new Computing curriculum can be overlapped with Maths.
Computer games – some people like them and some people hate them (usually parents). However at Gastrells Primary School the students make computer games. These computer games have a difference, the student design them to teach Maths. The first project they undertook was the development of their own coordinate game. This was so successful that the students have volunteered to teach the whole class how to develop coordinate games. Furthermore, the school has gained some great homegrown resources.
Thrupp Primary School had a wonderful time exploring Maths and Robots just before half term. The year 3/4 class got to grips with space travel, angle rotation and distance through a fantastic exploration project. The parents were amazed to find their children learning angle work, which is often taught at year 6. My deepest thanks to Mrs Harrison and Mrs Pritchard who made this happen!