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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Durham City Maths Trail

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Created on 30 April 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Durham City Maths Trail
The Mathematics trail brings to life the beauty in Durham City. It has been produced by staff and students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences to celebrate the 175th anniversary and has been supported by Science Outreach, Durham County Council and NCETM where other trails can also be found. Maths walks allow more functionality and real world maths to fit naturally into the curriculum. Maths teaching should not be limited by the four walls of the classroom, and by showing students maths is everywhere in our environment we will encourage them to look at the world in a mathematical way.

This trail demonstrates the relevance of Mathematics in a cross-curricular setting, highlighting history within Durham and the surrounding communities. It is fun, active learning (1.5 kilometres or 1 mile from start to finish) and the intended audience is both primary and secondary school pupils (Y5 and above).

Pupils will get most out of the trail by working in small groups to:
  • pool knowledge
  • promote teamwork
  • develop communication skills

The Mathematical skills covered are:

  • Shape
  • Patterns
  • Area
  • Symmetry
  • Numeracy skills
  • Estimation
  • Angles


 Click here to view the Durham City Maths Trail.
 Click here to view the Solutions to the Maths Trail
 Click here to view the Risk Assessment Form.

Teachers in Discussion about the Durham City Maths Trail
 Students enjoyed observing their surroundings which makes mathematics more real for them, click here to view

 Students learned about palindromic and other numbers. They also enjoyed the freedom to learn in safety, click here to view

 Learning outside the classroom is ideal for building student-student and student-teacher relationships, click here to view

 It is good to take students outside the classroom but there are logistical and safety issues to consider, click here to view

 Students were inspired into designing a maths trail around their school, click here to view

Newkers Primary School completed the Durham Maths Trail

 Click here to view their Power Point Presentation


Starting Points
 Click here for ideas on discussion with the pupils.

 Maths trail in the Gateshead Metro Centre

 Click here to view this maths trail, which includes 4 video extracts of the activities, pupils’ views, professional development and the benefits of trails.

 Click here to visit the North East (NE Community) at NCETM for details of 5 maths trails.

If your school has been involved in similar Learning Mathematics Outdoors activities, NCETM would love to hear from you.






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