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New Maths Curriculum - real life context ideas

Discussion in 'Primary' started by danielletill, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. danielletill

    danielletill New commenter

    I'm putting together a list of ideas of how to contextualise the new maths primary curriculum. i.e. ratio and cooking, role play etc. I have lots of ideas so far but wondered is anyone had any others? Would appreciate some suggestions.
  2. jaguarette

    jaguarette New commenter

    Shops, buying and selling? Trips around the playground (length, width; finding shapes such as rectangles on a football pitch)?
  3. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    We do this thing called Big Ideas Friday where half termly we have a whole school Maths activity day to apply skills developed through a unit of work. Some of the best ones have been a sports day to apply measure & time skills, running a real cafe for money, designing & making catapults for angles - then shooting water balloons, teddy bears picnic for fractions & sharing in early years... there have been loads but my mind has gone blank! Will have a think and get back to you.
  4. Andrew Jeffrey

    Andrew Jeffrey New commenter

    Shops are great mathematical contexts, as everyone has been in one, so has some concept image from which to work.

    From there you can go with money, change, profit, fractions ('half price') percentages for older kids (sales), efficient packaging (volume and capacity and nets), time - opening hours, multiplication and division (how many of these £3.50 items can I buy with £15?, I work for £10 an hour for 3 hours, how much do I earn?). Probably lots more too...
  5. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    I find linking to events, topics or books works well ... such as sports day, school trips, cake sales, seasonal events such as Christmas, Harvest etc plus national stuff like the Rugby world cup. Also using key texts used in literacy (these can provide characters, events or locations) or topics used in other curriculum areas such as history and geography also work well to support children to make connections and see that using their maths skills has a real purpose.

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