Outdoor Maths

Weather

It’s too good to be inside so don’t let a timetabled Maths lesson prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors. Get out and enjoy the sun, fresh air and the rich environment where Maths really happens. Even if the weather is not perfect you could dress up warmly and brave the elements.

Being outdoors gives you a lot more space to involve the pupils in mathematical ideas. They can take measurements, conduct surveys, model mathematical concepts or play big style maths games.

Below you will find some ideas to get you started but please let me know if you come up with a great idea worth sharing.

Finally, if it’s hot remember to guard against the strong sunlight and drink plenty of water. If it’s cold keep moving! Enjoy.

People Maths

People Maths

Get your students involved by acting out mathematical ideas and concepts so that they become part of the situation and gain a greater understanding.

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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Collect as many of the items as possible. Each item will be awarded a mark out of ten for it's quality or the ingenuity involved in finding it.

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River Crossing

River Crossing

You do not need a real river to go through the moves required to solve this puzzle. Mark imaginary river banks with string and have a bottomless cardboard box as the boat.

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Snail Race

Snail Race

Wouldn't it be fun to see twelve pupils lined us as the 'snails' in this probability lesson. Each snail moves forward one step if their number comes up as the sum of two dice.

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Transum,

Saturday, June 29, 2019

"When you are outdoors there are lots of opportunities to collect data that can be later analysed back in the classroom. Being involved in data collection on a small scale helps pupils better appreciate large data sets.
Here are some ideas:
Measuring the circumference of trees and their distances from a stream
Recording the types of vehicles travelling along a busy road next to your school
Mapping the location and type of litter found in the school grounds
Recording statistics on Sports Day."

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