The context provides lots of opportunities for students to get maths on its feet and lower their anxiety about giving the wrong answer as they are encouraged to approach maths through an investigative method. The programme incorporates homework tasks and supporting literacy activities to offer teachers opportunities to embed the programme into other areas of their teaching. The final day for each class incorporates a sharing session where the participating children bring their achievements to life for their families or other classes in the school.
This programme can run over a term or just a few workshops to support the curriculum delivery of maths outside the classroom environment. The programme, wherever possible, has teacher input from the outset to ensure the sessions are tailored to the needs of the participating children.
For more information about the project and to discuss running something similar in your school, contact Beccy Allen, Head of Creative Learning at Half Moon – email us.
From 2014-2019 we have worked with Arnhem Wharf, Globe, John Scurr, Malmebsury, Marner, Olga, Stebon, Redlands, St Anne’s, St Matthias, St Paul’s, St John’s and William Davis Primary Schools and Blue Gate Fields Junior School in Tower Hamlets. We have also worked with Grange, Tower Bridge and Snowsfields Primary Schools in Southwark and St Helen’s Primary School in Newham. For some of the schools we delivered the programme as part of their SHINE Saturday schools.
Since 2017 we have been working regularly with SEN schools in Southwark and Lambeth to deliver an adapted programme for Year 7 students.
Impact Measurement Results
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“Every session was engaging and creative, which inspired children to carry out and complete the challenges set. The link to traditional tales contextualised the maths, which made the learning fun and more likely for the children to remember what they had been taught. The project has had a positive and a memorable impact on the children’s maths learning.”
The project worked with around 240 children; eight classes across Years 2 and 3 who were split into mixed ability groups. The aim was to help Barnaby Bear on his hunt for the missing Olympic torch and involved lots of weighing, measuring, travelling and exploring along the way. A book of the project was created by an illustrator as a legacy to leave with the school.
This was a project funded by A New Direction.
“Motivation for learning Maths increased a lot. Maths started to make sense.”