With a focus on what are now accepted as 21st- century competencies - communication, collaboration and critical thinking - this ultimate portable maths lesson uses really simple techniques with the bonus of minimal preparation!
The majority of the KS1 & 2 maths objectives (and EYFS ELGs) are covered with only a length of tubular webbing or features of your setting, in your playground, in the field, in the hall, even in the corridor.
Designed to make maths memorable, the activities showcased in the Taking Maths Outdoors training sessions have been published as durable water resistant card booklets. The relevant objectives are clearly stated with activities and instructions and action photos to support you; ideal for differentiated group sessions.
Covering Geometry, Measures, Number and Statistics, the ideas in the Taking Maths Outdoors booklets provide simple but effective tasks linked to the EYFS ELGs and National Curriculum objectives by year group.
Some of the ideas have also been showcased in the maths units of Bloomsbury's National Curriculum Outdoors series.
Set one (geometry) includes:
Set two (measuring, number and statistics) includes:
Inspired by Raccoon Circles,* teachers and practitioners are shown how mathematics objectives can be introduced and reinforced using the key skills of communication, social skills and teamwork reconnecting your group in the process.
The activities promote speaking and listening skills, provide a wealth of opportunities for problem-solving, using and applying maths and collaborative learning, with clear links to 'assessment for learning' opportunities to be used for a lesson starter, plenary or a whole lesson.
The activities can be done in small focus groups or as a whole class and although they are designed for the outdoors and need space, they can be done wherever space is available.
The ideas are easily adapted and before long you (and your class) will be able to use the techniques and invent new activities to make learning memorable!
No expensive equipment; a length of tubular webbing and minimal preparation and you're ready to go!
In these Covid-19 times, the webbing is easy to wash and dry between use.
Cost: the set of 2 booklets (£35 plus p&p).
Cost: the set of 2 booklets plus a 12m length of tubular webbing and carry bag (£55 plus p&p)
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The ideas and techniques in the booklets are used for INSET training courses, but can also be used without the training, although the subtle nuances of the techniques may be clearer when shown and demonstrated.
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* The Revised and Expanded Book of Raccoon Circles by Jim Cain and Tom Smith (Kendall / Hunt Publishers 2007)
Lots of ideas. Clear simple to follow.
Very useful. Lots of time to reflect on how these ideas could be used in school.
Plenty of great ideas to take away.
Really useful, practical and not too resource heavy.
Practical easy ideas. Some would need differentiating for KS3 pupils but the foundation is there.
Really good. Great resources like the Tubular webbing.
Lots of ideas, simple easy to organise and relevant to all year groups. All Covid safe. Clear instruction and so relevant.
Generally getting a subject that is classroom based back outside and lots of related ideas to do this. Really enjoyable session with lots of new ideas. I will build these ideas into a mastery curriculum and provide more 'WOW" opportunities for pupils.
Have a look at the Taking Maths Outdoors YouTube videos for demonstrations and ideas to make maths learning memorable and engaging!
Training provided by Deborah Lambert, co-author of Bloomsbury's award winning National Curriculum Outdoors series.
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