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!
There are now 5 projects all set out for you in the resources section. Please use them and give us feedback.
Those clever clever Koreans! They have started making electronics a part of their elementary education. No wonder my Samsung is so good (sorry apple users).
This is one of their LEGO electronic models they built. Oh, by the way they even make the LEGO brick because they are out of patent.
Long live Korea
In one of my lessons last night, a brilliant student called Ben developed a Maths game to teach angles. It was nice and simple; even so it had my own 12 and 13 year old playing it for 1 hour.
Ben applied Maths in the following area without noticing it:
1. Rotation and angles
2. Algebra formula
3. Coordinates and using random numbers
4. Working out the hit zone needed a nice bit of sectors of a circle
More adventures in gaming to follow.
This first resource is teaching Rotation and LOGO at Level 3 & 4. It brings the Programming and Maths side of the new UK curriculum together.
We are looking for a way of sharing our resources so that they are immediately usable by other educators. It is also an attempt to expand the boundaries of what can be done for free on Google drive. Any comments gratefully received.