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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Coastal Monuments

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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
Coastal Monuments
Year one children went to the seaside on the windiest day of the year to start off their measurement-based topic. A trip to Collingwood’s Monument at Tynemouth armed with tape measures, trundle wheels, rulers and string set pupils off on a exploration of size and standard and non-standard measures.

 Video Clip 'Coastal Monuments with Richard Broderick' 
Giant footsteps measured the way along the lower promenade to Kristians Fish and Chip Restaurant for lunch and then a tour of the art works of sculptor Richard Broderick. The giant fish built into the North Shields quayside were marched around and ‘measured’ and finally a bus ride to the giant sandcastles at Whitley Bay allowed children the excuse they needed to go down onto the sand and build and dig.
Estimating how many of their small buckets would be needed to fill one of the giants got children filling and digging and building a huge array of different castles, all the time with backs to the wind to stop the sand blowing in faces.

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

Back in school a number of versions of Jack and the Beanstalk were read and discussed as a giant beanstalk grew in the classroom one metre each day. Real beans were planted and watched with interest and measured in centimetres.
Metres were equated with giant footsteps and centimetres with fingernails.
Following on from Richard’s site specific sandcastle sculptures children were encouraged to discuss which season was represented and to design their own sculptural forms for each season to be placed in our garden.

Children drew and planned out ideas and together with Richard created four cast panels, which are a permanent reminder of a fantastic project.
Assessments showed children making considered and plausible estimates in both metres and centimetres with a good percentage being able to record accurately using abbreviations m and cm.



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