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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Maths Fieldwork at Carding Mill Valley

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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
Maths Fieldwork at Carding Mill Valley
Some 23 000 students visit the centre annually.  Most are conducting river measurements (Widths of valley, channel, stream, depths, velocity, gradient, bedload measurements etc) to collect empirical evidence from several stream sites that can be taken back to school to average the results between groups and then compare the sites to prove various hypotheses.  We have an emphasis on cooperative team work (groups of five) and handling of fieldwork equipment for practical purposes (ranging poles, clinometer, stopwatch, tape measure, flowmeter etc).

There are fairly evenly divided numbers of secondary and primary students.  I have felt that school maths departments undervalue this resource as it is inevitably under the banner of "geography fieldwork" that visits are made, since historically, geography departments have an outdoor visit budget, and it satisfies National Curriculum and GCSE topics on rivers.

More info on website http://www.cardingmillvalley.org.uk/

Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Built Environment & Heritage
The Long Mynd covers an area of nearly 1 295 hectares (5 square miles), of which the National Trust owns 5 850 acres, and reaches its highest point of 517 metres (1 595 ft) AOD at Pole Bank (OS National Grid Reference: SO415945).


 Click here to complete the online booking form (Microsoft Word format)

Contact: chris.stratton@nationaltrust.org.uk






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