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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Outward Bound


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Created on 30 April 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Outward Bound
NST, the UK's leading educational travel company, provides cross curricular and subject related residential visits to the UK, Europe and Worldwide for over 4 000 educational groups per year. Our specialist educational travel consultants organise visits for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, FE Colleges and Universities. Programmes cover Art & Design, English & Drama, History, Mathematics, Music, French, German and Spanish Languages, Geography, Classical Studies, Religious Education, Business Studies and Media Studies. In 2006, it carried 172 000 students and education staff on over 4 000 trips to destinations in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. NST is a founding member of the School Travel Forum. For more information, please got to  http://www.nstgroup.co.uk/    
     
 

Currently NST is developing educational material which will allow schools to enhance their Residential Tour by being able to access learning activities for specific visits. These materials are exclusive to NST and can only be accessed through our unique learning programmes.
 
In all cases the Mathematics is embedded within a project setting linked to a specific visit, this allows the children to explore, research and apply their mathematics in a real context with the focus being on completing all aspects of their project.
 
A good example of this is how we work with a local farm in Scarborough, considering how they have had to adapt their working practices in recent years due to current farming issues. As part of this project children have the remit of creating a new farm business, having to research costings and available grants, as well as looking at day to day running costs. This is then followed by a visit to the specific site where they can observe the reality of what the farm have done before returning to school to complete their project within their normal working environment.
 
The Units of work are set up to allow the teacher the freedom to explore more creative settings for their curriculum work, as well as allowing children to focus on enjoyments of learning outside the classroom.
 
Some of the areas where NST uses mathematics in an outside environment include:- 
  • Basic money handling in the context of starting and running a new business.
  • 2D and 3D shapes in the context of building medieval defence systems.
  • Data handling in the context of plants and animal habitats.
  • Costing new projects and forecasting results.
  • The use of timelines and how old the earth is.

For further information contact:
N.Klein, Educational Development Manager, NST, Discovery House, Brooklands Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5LW Tel: 01995 606901

 
 
 

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