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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Planning a Visit to the Cathedral (Grand Day Out)


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Created on 14 January 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator

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Planning a Visit to the Cathedral (Grand Day Out)

  1. An Introduction to the Project
  2. Timetable Problems
  3. Traffic Survey
  4. Budgeting for the Trip
  5. Distance Activities in the Yard
  6. Time & Distance
  7. The Maths Trail
  8. Thoughts on Learning Maths Outside the Classroom

1. An Introduction to the Project

I wanted the children in my class to understand the importance of mathematics and to come to the realisation that it is all around them and is a fundamental part of their everyday life in and out of school.

I asked for their help in organising our class trip to St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle-upon-Tyne which was coming up in a few weeks time. I put the onus on them to plan every detail of the outing, which gave them ownership of their learning and fully engaged them in the mathematical processes involved in the preparation of such an activity.

I wanted them to experience mathematics in a true-to-life, not a contrived context and take their mathematical learning out of the class text books and into the real world.

 
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2. Timetable Problems

The project took place over five consecutive days in school. On the first day, the children used bus timetables to solve time-related problems and work out which bus we would need to catch in order to get into the city centre on time.

 
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3. Traffic Survey

The children then went to the bus stop where they would be leaving from on the day of the trip, to complete a traffic survey to see if the buses were leaving on time as stated on the timetable and to produce a tally chart of the interim traffic. The children analysed their findings back in class and used the data they’d collected to answer questions.

 
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4. Budgeting for the Trip

Using ticket costing information from Nexus Travel, the local travel provider, the children worked out a budget for the trip. They had to calculate the cost for the adult tickets, the children who would receive a reduced fare because they had a bus pass and the children who would be paying a full fare.

 
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5. Distance Activities in the Yard

The children went out into the playground and estimated the distance between various points. They then worked out the difference between their estimate and the actual distance using trundle wheels. The child who had the least score when they’d added up their differences was the winner!

 
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6. Time & Distance

Armed with stop clocks, the children split into groups and recorded the time it took to walk at a normal walking speed between the two goalposts in the playground. They then worked out the average walking time of their group.

 
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7. The Maths Trail

On the day of the trip, the children recapped all of the plans they had made; the time we needed to catch the bus; the amount of money we needed to take with us to cover the bus fares, etc. Outside St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, the children took part in a Maths Trail that I’d organised where they had to use elements of the building and the surrounding area to answer questions relating to pattern, symmetry, fractions and multiplication.

 
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8. Thoughts on Learning Maths Outside the Classroom

 
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By Helen Wood-Mitchell
Year 3 Teacher
West Walker Primary School

 
 
     
 
 

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16 June 2008 16:24
For students in key stages 3 and 4, there is a programme on the Teachers TV website called "Barcelona's Big Church" which is all about the buidling of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia cathedral.
You get to meet the architects, see parts of the building in progress and there are prompts for mathematical activities along the way.
Find it at: http://www.teachers.tv/video/21835
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