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# KS1

## Earth Day Maths

Take your maths work outdoors... Some interesting resources and ideas from GoogolPower.

Earth Day Maths

## Sneaky Snake Lengths

An activity to engage young children in estimating and comparing lengths.This is adapted from an idea originally published on the Teacher Resource Exchange by Katie Robinson, University College Chichester.

Objective
Estimating then comparing directly two lengths, using language: longer, shorter and the same as.

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## Meaningful Maths Trails

A very useful article for anyone using (or creating) a maths trail.

Avril Crack (nrich.maths.org) explores the learning potential Maths Trails offers learners of all ages. Trails can provide a clear context for learning; and their scope is endless, since they can be adjusted to fit within almost any theme or cross-curricula topic.

Meaningful Maths Trails [nrich.maths.org]

## Outdoor Maths Trail Cards

A set of 20 outdoor maths trail cards from Sparklebox. These simple (but colourful) resources are free to download, and offer a useful starting point for work on early counting skills.

Maths Trail Cards [SparkleBox]

## Leaf Symmetry Challenge

Symmetry is part of nature - this activity is designed to help children to identify the symmetrical properties of leaves.

This is an ideal activity for a woodland walk, but if you have access to a number of different trees and plants around your school, then it will be possible to undertake this task on the school grounds. more >>

## Snowman Maths

The snow's fallen, and settled...! Direct the excitement and enthusiasm of the children toward some investigative work.

Encourage the class, or a group of children, to plan how they would build a snowman. Then take them outside to follow their plans. Once the snowman has been created, compare it to the plan. Any differences? Why? How does this knowledge affect the way they would plan next time? more >>

## Playground Mazes

Mazes (using them, or designing them) can offer very stimulating opportunities for co-operative and creative mathematics.

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) has an excellent overview of how out-of-door 'maze work' can be used to extend children's learning. more >>

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## Thought

"If we want children to engage in meaningful learning experiences that are fully connected to their real lives, we need to make education relevant. Using the outdoor environment as a 'learning space', we can offer all children educational opportunities far more interesting than a worksheet or textbook within the four walls of a classroom."

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