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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Hadrian's Wall

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Created on 30 April 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Built Environment and HeritageBuilt Environment and Heritage
Hadrian's Wall
Year two children were comparing and contrasting natural and man-made giants.

They learned about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, planning and building their own models to specific sizes and working in teams. They studied the strength and stability of a variety of structures experimenting with different shapes and components and found out about how the tallest skyscrapers in the world had been constructed.

 Video Clip 'Children discuss their model of a sky-scraper' 

Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Built Environment & Heritage Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Built Environment & Heritage 
Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Built Environment & Heritage Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Built Environment & Heritage

They went on a wild and windy visit to Hadrian’s Wall where they were met by a member of the National Trust who explained the complexity of the structure and how it was built in three widths for strength. Children estimated and measured individual sections and stones, searching for the biggest, tallest smallest etc.

 Video Clip 'Hadrian's Wall 1'
 Video Clip 'Hadrian's Wall 2'
They called in to witness a man-made giant of an event, a controlled explosion at Barrasford quarry on the way back home. Everyone had to wear hard hats and stand well back!

Over the next few days, children were issued with a number of mathematical challenges and were visited by a team from The National Park who demonstrated how to build a dry stone wall.

 Video Clip 'Stone Walling with David Taseel'
Assessments at the end of the period showed a remarkable improvement in understanding of units of measurement and one of the best quotes from the children has to be one from this class “ When are we going to do some maths …we haven’t done any for ages!”



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