The ultimate portable maths lesson with minimal preparation!
The majority of the KS1 & 2 maths objectives (and EYFS ELGs) 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!
Covering Geometry, Measures, Number and Statistics, the ideas in Taking Maths Outdoors training sessions and supporting booklets provide simple but effective tasks linked to the EYFS ELGs and National Curriculum objectives by year group.
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.
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 can pre-marked into sections for individual use and are easy to wash and dry between use.
Cost: to purchase the booklets (£35 plus p&p) contact us below.
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. Contact us to find out more!
If you’re looking for more curriculum ideas linked to Taking Maths Outdoors join the National Curriculum Outdoors Facebook group
* The Revised and Expanded Book of Raccoon Circles by Jim Cain and Tom Smith (Kendall / Hunt Publishers 2007)
Flexible outdoor learning training from Deborah Lambert, co-author of Bloomsbury's award winning series of books 'National Curriculum Outdoors; a complete scheme of work'