The cre8ate maths project was a CPD initiative for Yorkshire and Humberside teachers of mathematics. It features resources applying maths to key areas of the economy focusing on functional mathematics skills for Key Stage Three students. The project was developed by the Centre for Science Education and the Mathematics Education Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and was funded by the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

Aims The structure of the resources matches the 12 priority work/industry sectors in Yorkshire and Humberside. Resources for each sector include activities that relate to the industrial or work related aspects of the context. The key characteristic of all the resources is that they link real and significant mathematical thinking with authentic real world applications.

Background The cre8ate project had a network of 18 schools across the region and teachers from these schools were involved in developing and trialling new curriculum materials at Key Stage Three. The project had a number of lead writers who worked with the teachers at brainstorming and feedback events. CPD for teachers in other schools in the region was run via Local Authorities who were encouraged to incorporate cre8ate maths into their regular workshop programme. In this context it is important to note that their materials are complementary to those of the Bowland Trust, and sometimes more accessible for many schools since they have less dependency on the availability of IT for whole classes. Furthermore the materials are designed to address (i) the functional maths agenda and (ii) the twelve employment sectors of Y&H. The programme of materials development was completed in March 2010 with around 60 themed units of curriculum work. All materials are free.



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Making Things Work

This set of Cre8ate maths materials has been designed to support the teaching of mathematics in the context of construction design. Each of the resources encourages students to apply their mathematical knowledge in a practical scenario. The activity Bridges and structures creates an opportunity for students to...

This range of materials is provided by Cre8ate maths to support the teaching of mathematics in the context of architecture. Resources include Architect’s Skills, Bricks & Tiles, Building a Town, Rigid Structures and Tiling Patterns, giving students the opportunity to experience mathematical principles in...

Digital Design

The Cre8ate maths project has provided a set of materials to support the teaching of mathematics in the context of digital design. The resources include Designing Logos, Maths in Art, Programming and Working with Photos, which will involve students in a variety of activities, allowing them to apply their...

Food and Drink

These cre8ate maths materials have been designed to teach mathematics at Key Stage Three, but can be used at Key Stage Two and Key Stage Four, in the context of food and drink. The resources include Boxes and Bottles, Going Bananas, Minimise or Supersize, Packaging and What’s In Your Bowl? The activities provide an...


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