It is too good to be inside so don't let a timetabled Maths lesson prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors. Get out and enjoy the sun, fresh air and the rich environment where Maths really happens. Even if the weather is not perfect you could dress up warmly and brave the elements.
Being outdoors gives you a lot more space to involve the pupils in mathematical ideas. They can take measurements, conduct surveys, model mathematical concepts or play big style maths games.
Below you will find some ideas to get you started but please let me know if you come up with a great idea worth sharing.
Finally, if it's hot remember to guard against the strong sunlight and drink plenty of water. If it's cold keep moving! Enjoy.
Get your students involved by acting out mathematical ideas and concepts so that they become part of the situation and gain a greater understanding.Get Out!
Collect as many of the items as possible. Each item will be awarded a mark out of ten for it's quality or the ingenuity involved in finding it.Get Out!
You do not need a real river to go through the moves required to solve this puzzle. Mark imaginary river banks with string and have a bottomless cardboard box as the boat.Get Out!
Snail Race Projectable
Wouldn't it be fun to see twelve pupils lined us as the 'snails' in this probability lesson. Each snail moves forward one step if their number comes up as the sum of two dice.Get Out!
So here is an #outdoormaths video! ðŸ”¢ðŸŒ³ðŸŒ»ðŸŽ¥@ChrisDysonHT @watsed @grahamandre @ebd35— Third Space Learning (@thirdspacetweet) June 28, 2019
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Outdoor Maths blog ðŸ‘‰ https://t.co/fnLTVRwMoe#sundaysaunter #mathschat #primaryrocks #mathscpdchat pic.twitter.com/L8CUrm1s1E
We love outdoor maths! We created calculations for our friends to answer and we used a variety of methods to solve them. pic.twitter.com/GMT032qnJ7— DanesfieldYear 1 (@DanesfieldY1) June 25, 2019
Lovely day for a bit out outdoor maths in Owl Class. We measured, drew and multiplied by 10 and 2 to create scaled up versions of shapes and ourselves. pic.twitter.com/8izx4tyV8x— Ashton Hayes Primary (@AshtonHayesPS) June 28, 2019
Class 3 Year 1 children have also enjoyed some outdoor learning in Maths this week - finding quarters of numbers! ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ‘ðŸ» pic.twitter.com/MHGsrL0JJG— Grosvenor Park (@GrosvenorParkPr) June 28, 2019
A blog post about the Human Galton Board activity I did with school students last week (with only a couple of hours' planning!). #mtbos #mathschat https://t.co/tnR8LfDxhZ pic.twitter.com/ZDwOgwV7Px— David Butler (@DavidKButlerUoA) July 9, 2018
Team Degvilleare enjoying their outdoor maths learning this morning pic.twitter.com/uqH6Qqiqs2— New Hall (@NewHallpri) June 27, 2019
A lovely outdoor maths session practising degrees and direction of turn. The children were giving directional instructions to guide their partners. pic.twitter.com/Zvt8mijJ4C— Mrs Hickman (@MrsHickmanSTM) June 27, 2019
DosbarthAberfelinwere investigating perimeter in the outdoor area this morning. Lots of measuring, recording and co-operation was needed. #maths #outdoorlearning pic.twitter.com/SrzpWBTqjL— YsgolCroesgoch(@YCroesgoch) June 26, 2019
Year 3 are loving their Outdoor Maths Challenges this morning ðŸŒž@HPLedu #HPLedu pic.twitter.com/B9P8vjOJdG— SLC Junior School (@slcJuniorSchool) June 24, 2019
Year 4 certainly made the most of today's beautiful weather by taking their Maths lesson outside! #outdoorlearning pic.twitter.com/Hh4vycjfZT— Whitehall Primary School (@WhitehallPriSch) June 27, 2019
Year 3 enjoyed practising their maths facts outside. Fun in the sun 🌞 pic.twitter.com/MVV4DmFBGj— Saviour Primary School (@SaviourPrimary) June 28, 2019
Maths of the Day outside this morning! Perfect weather for it ☀️ converting percentages, decimals and fractions #SJVPE #SJVMaths #SJVClass5W #MOTD pic.twitter.com/g7zlDXbgvE— St John Vianney (@sjvblackpool) June 27, 2019
The #Maths Department made the most of the glorious weather we are experiencing by taking their Year 7 lesson outside to work out the age of a trees and measure distances using sticks. #outdooreducation #TunbridgeWells #summer pic.twitter.com/zD4bhBZ2QD— Kent College Pembury (@KentCollegePemb) June 27, 2019
We took advantage of the great weather and brought our trigonometry lesson outside. Students used their trig ratios to calculate the height of the goal post. pic.twitter.com/pihay5CCnx— MrCosterTeachesMath (@CosterMath) June 8, 2018
Students in Advanced Math/Trigonometry class went outside this morning to use devices they made (clinometers) to estimate the height of different objects. They used their knowledge of trigonometry to do these measurements around campus. #usingclinometers #usingmathinreallife pic.twitter.com/vip9AKfvxC— NCS Trojans (@NCS_Trojans) August 23, 2018
P5aâ€™s Outdoor Maths today, involved ninja stick multiplication, a decimal treasure hunt and fraction drawing! âœ–ï¸âœï¸ pic.twitter.com/WOcCPhmwaS— GlencairnPS&Nursery(@GlencairnpsN) June 20, 2019
Tried plotting quadratic functions on our outdoor coordinate grid yesterday. Lots of potential! #outdoorlearning #mathsisfun #summerishere pic.twitter.com/xThVjAtLyY— MrWMaths (@MrWM4ths) June 28, 2019
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Saturday, June 29, 2019
"When you are outdoors there are lots of opportunities to collect data that can be later analysed back in the classroom. Being involved in data collection on a small scale helps pupils better appreciate large data sets.
Here are some ideas:
Measuring the circumference of trees and their distances from a stream
Recording the types of vehicles travelling along a busy road next to your school
Mapping the location and type of litter found in the school grounds
Recording statistics on Sports Day."
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
"My five year old and I did a simulating joint numeracy and literacy lesson today partly in the open air. On the way to the shop, we counted the number of cars we saw parked on the street. In the shop she practiced counting out money and improved her level of patience as well. She also had the chance to practice writing. It was fun! One of the exercises involved time. Another task she had to do was look for five shapes in the shop. Every time she found one of the shapes, I made a note of it. Back at home I asked her to put all the information into a bar chart. We sorted the cars according to color and then she carefully drew a bar chart of that information. As a additional extension challenging literacy exercise in the following lesson, I told her to write a short report detailing her findings. I may use that exercise again in the future. To conclude the lesson, I asked her to give me some constructive oral feedback on the lesson. For the next math lesson, I may present her with some easy questions on the bar chart for her to answer. Or I can practice drawing bar charts with her and check she can do this independently too. This is a fun cool website. I may get the kids to play the math games to practice their skills."