Margret Travers gives a really eloquent description of the advantages of mathematical learning outside.

check out her video:

Margret Travers gives a really eloquent description of the advantages of mathematical learning outside.

check out her video:

When exploring angles a Clinometer can be an excellent tool. They are relatively cheap and they give really useful reading from which children can draw triangles from the observer to a tree.

Concepts which can be investigated are:

1.The angle need to build a flying fox. Then constructing a drawing of the flying fox.

2. The angle a cannon would have to be pointed on castle ( introduce projectile as a straight line first)

2. The ideas of how this angle may help to determine height can be explored with older children.

Try and get the students to calculate how many ways 4 people can shake hands. This is the same as how many ways they can communicate. Get them to draw it. Then show if you join each point up to the other it visually gives you the answer.

Get them to create mystic rose patterns to reflect the possibilities for communication. This shows how 12 people can communicate.

I particular like doing this exercise with pegs and wool to create structures in real life. How many presents will a family of 12 give and receive?

**Simple Map Adventures**

Map adventures are a great way for to develop Maths. At essence the students are using compass directions and map reading to get between points of clues. The clues of course can be embedded Maths problems.

**Expedition Planning**

An expansion of this idea is the development of an expedition where the students have to work out their budget, timetable, provisions and risk assessments. They then present this in a report for approval. Once approved the expedition is carried out.

**Map and Model **

This is nice activity where students investigate an area and then build a scale model of the area taking into account buildings and greenery. This can be nicely achieved using lego boards and moss to represent greenery. This teaches scale and map reading.

This can also be done outside by shaping the contours in the earth.

**Coordinate Maps**

Create a map of the school and overlay it on a coordinate grid. Then create a trail using photographs and get the students to identify the coordinate points.

This large Meccano was produced by me at Springfields school. It spawned a whole plethora of different teaching ideas. Here are a selection:

**1. Shape Investigation**

**2. Angle Games**

**3.Builing**** and Costin****g a Rescue Shelter**

**4. Investigating Maths in Bridge Building Challenge**

Following this weekend’s **Great Garden Birdwatch** and with Spring just around the corner (I’ve always been an optimist), it might be opportune to set up a bird table or bird feeder(s) within sight of a classroom window to do a bit of statistical analysis on the avian visitors.

The most interesting investigations are those which seek to test an hypothesis or which aim to answer a question (preferably posed by the children). For example, does the type of food we put out affect the species of birds which visit? If a bird has to eat its own weight in food each day, how many visits does a blue tit have to make? Does the weather affect the number of types of visitor? Do different species feed at different times of day? Are there some combinations of visitors which are less likely than others (eg do blackbirds never visit at the same time as thrushes?).

Once the children start gathering data, they may start speculating on other questions or hypotheses.

**Find out how one school in Morocco** is using a grove of olive trees planted in their school playground to teach students about maths.

The students care for the trees, harvest the oil, visit the camel-driven olive press and sell the resulting oil in their local market, all using maths.

This video is inspiring – and has been described as: *“…a fantastic film! A great insight into teaching methods using the environment as a sustainable and inspirational resource. It is heartening to see such recognition and validation of this brilliant initiative.”*

Where Maths Grows on Trees [Teachers TV]