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Primary Magazine - Issue 52: Focus on

Created on 10 May 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 June 2013 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 52'Legoland Windor 26-03-12' by Dave Catchpole, some rights reserved


Focus on...
Mathematics trails

In this issue of Focus on... we share the mathematics trail designed by two students at Kingston University, Louisa Johnson and Olivia Moorhouse.

Louisa and Olivia are mathematics specialists in their second year at university. They say:

‘Despite having some negative experiences of maths when we were at primary school, it is now one of our favourite subjects. No matter where we look, maths is there and so as maths teachers we think it is really important for children to comprehend and enjoy their maths learning, fully engage with the subject and feel confident in their mathematical capabilities. As a result we aim to make each of our maths lessons interactive and motivating, emphasising that maths is fun and inspiring children’s confidence and creativity.’

Their trail takes us around Legoland. The ideas here can be reproduced for most theme parks around the country. So if you are planning a trip to one, use some of their ideas, we are sure they would be delighted. If you do please let us know how you get on.

Of course there is always plenty of mathematics involved in planning a trip to such a place, for example:

  • using calendars to plan the date
  • working out the cost
  • finding a suitable route and working out how long it will take in a coach travelling at an average speed of 50mph
  • finding a coach of a suitable capacity
  • working out what time to leave school to get there for 9am and what time you will return.

Back to the mathematics trail…

Every activity outlined in this trail meets one or more of the aspects of the Mathematics National Curriculum and can be adapted to suit both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. This includes:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • calculating heights, widths and lengths
  • area and perimeter
  • handling money
  • creating tally charts and other similar graphs
  • estimating
  • map skills, including compass points and directional and positional language
  • recognising shapes and patterns.

Problem Solving is also a large component of the trail, with each activity containing an element of this. In turn, children would be encouraged to work actively to discover solutions for themselves, work independently of the teacher and with confidence and make connections between different aspects of their mathematical learning. This trail also puts mathematics into context and allows children to recognise that maths is incorporated into numerous aspects of everyday life and can be fun.

Have fun exploring the mathematical possibilities of Legoland!

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