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Maths Sacks: Would anyone be interested?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by R_Smith1983, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    As my school's Maths subject leader I've been trying to address the balance between the provision we have for both Maths and Literacy within school. 1 of the things I've developed is a Maths Sack library, which is currently used by a TA in her Story sack club, and will hopefully extend to use as a lending library for parents (with small deposit to cover loss or damage of resources).
    Here's a quick example of what the sacks include/are, using The Very Hungry Caterpillar Maths sack to provide details:
    * Large hungry caterpillar swim bag
    * copy of text
    * VHC puppet
    * 12 A5 themed Maths activity cards, presented as a pack
    * laminated pieces of fruit and days of week, to match activity cards and the text
    * pot of play doh - to be used with activity cards
    * velcro cocoon colour matching activity
    * velcro sequencing activities for creating caterpillars
    * long, squashy throwing/cathing caterpillar (lights up) for use with activities on activity cards

    The content of the sacks is currently aimed at Nursery, Reception and young Year 1 children. The idea behind extending it to parental use is to further engage them with their child's learning.
    I'm looking to see if other schools would be interested in purchasing sets of Maths sacks and would love some feedback from anyone on my idea.

    Many thanks in advance,
  2. What a great idea! I'm in Year 6, will start to look at popular books the children read and see if we can do the same. I wonder if anyone knows of any resources already available?
  3. It sounds lovely, I teach Year 1 and a story sack like that would really help to bring it alive.

    However, funding is low and I'm sure there is no money to buy things like this at the moment. The usual response for this sort of thing is no as we could replicate it ourselves at a lower cost (which we don't because we have no time or money!).

    Maybe it is a different situation in other schools though....?
  4. Oooops, forgot to add that the cost for each one would be around £40 - £50, with all resources included; some resources cost more than others, depending upon what is needed.

    Thanks for the replies so far.
    Manybe another idea is to offer electronic copies of the reources such as activity cards and activity frames that would have to be put together by the school. Then costs would be kept lower, with schools being able to choose the extra resources they included?
  5. <strike>throwing/cathing caterpillar</strike>
  6. yes, the electronic version sounds good. We would still worry about the cost though. At one school I was at we wrote wish lists for story sacks and parents or grandparents made them by knitting/sewing characters etc. If we had the resource lists and the activity cards it would be good.
  7. We have made story sacks in the past and the 'Friends of School' (a group of parents who raise money through bake sales/jumble sales etc - marvellous women!) used the money they raised to buy and outfit the sacks. To help this we also asked parents to send in specific books if their children had finished/out grown them and they were still in good condition.
  8. Hi love this thread. I am a trainee primary school teacher who loves doing creative things :D I have now chosen my specialism, Maths and I am looking at completing my dissertation around maths sacks and how they can be used alongside story sacks. I was wondering if anybody has any feedback or opinions that they would like to share around the topic as a starting point to writing my dissertation as there is very little research available. All help would be gratefully appreciated.

    Thank you.

  9. I am a reception teacher and have been looking for maths sacks to use at circle time and to leave in my number area in the environment. I developed some numbersacks to fit in with my class topics. Try googling numbersack, they start from £10 and there's free planning to download. Have fun!
  10. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Have you seen Story Maths from Babcock education

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