Outdoor

Outdoor learning
Outdoor learning

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OUTDOOR LEARNING

According to report (the report Play in Balance, 2016), we spend so much time indoors even prison inmates get more fresh air than we do and that’s just out of order (see the report Play in Balance, 2016).

Maths Outdoor Learning

Outdoor number explorations

 

Outdoor measurement

  • Stick pic problems. Using cut sticks of specific lengths to create pictures. This enables the combined length of different elements of each picture to be calculated. For older classes an additional challenge is to convert the answers to millimetres or metres.
  • A magical maths moment. Does the length or mass of a stick affect how far it can be thrown and how can you measure this?
  • The outdoor measuring continues with Primary 4. Find out what they got up to.
  • Outdoor stick stacking challenge invented by a Primary 4 class. How high are your poles?
  • Making maths sticks. Grow your own sticks and use practical measuring skills to cut them to size.
  • Measuring sticks. A one-metre stick. Just add 10cm stripes with masking tape.
  • A simple stick measuring game for little children. Great for assessing whether a young child understands aspects of length.
  • Kids measure in miserable weather. Exploring data handling and comparisons standard and non-standard units of measure.

 

Outdoor patterns and relationships

 

Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects – outside

  • A maths stick picture. A group activity that gets children talking about what they see and notice in different and changing arrangements of sticks.
  • Group masking tape art Exploring shapes within shapes and discussing what we can see within a picture. This is an interdisciplinary activity where the maths is threaded through what is happening. Increase the challenge by asking children to include properties of shapes, e.g. example of parallel lines, intersecting lines, right angles. Thus you can link it tightly to what children need to know.
  • Masking tape shape explorations. This is a similar activity but at an individual level so that the rubbings can be used to explore the environment
  • 2D shape art Very beautiful shapes created from dried leaves and cardboard. Another art project with an element of maths.
  • The mathematics of festive crafts. Creating beautiful 3D objects for hanging up outside or in.
  • Creating 3D skeletons using sticks. Time to practice your lashings to see what structures emerge.
  • An outdoor shape activity with sticks. Creating pictures that evidence a range of shapes and properties of sticks.

 

Outdoor angles, symmetry and transformations

 

Handling data outside

  • Daisy footprints. Does the size of your footprint or the place where your boot lands that will flatten the most daisies? Useful open-ended investigation for a range of ages.
  • Information or data handling outdoors. Exploring a range of possibilities with a group of teachers.

 

Resource-based outdoor maths explorations

 

Environmental maths explorations

 

Broader explorations of maths

  • Sketchnoting Capturing maths and other educational thoughts. Examples that include maths concepts. I also advocate teachers showing children how to sketch note so they can do their maths journals using this technique.
  • Can I go on the computer, Mum? A parent’s experience of playing a game and giving her son the opportunity to create a game and change the rules. The outcome was much more positive.
  • Making environmental print meaningful at Stramash Fort William How one outdoor nursery created signs that were personalised and relevant to each child at nursery. It’s about using non-standard measurements to measure distance.
  • Amazing mazes. A wonderful exploration and creation of mazes by a group of P6 children with additional support needs. Thank goodness for brain diversity and creativity.

 

STEM explorations

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