Maths Ideas for Spring
Birds nests, ducklings, clocks, growing seeds and being outside! These list contains resources which show ideas for incorporating Sping into mathematics lessons. Includes links to areas of the new National Curriculum.
Links and Resources
In the game 'Nest eggs' children practise sharing between 3, whilst revising counting numbers up to 6. This activity could be used in Year 1 to support counting and division by sharing or with older children still working on these areas of the curriculum.
In the worksheet 'Ducklings' children practise counting numbers up to 6. An activity for younger children which could follow on or be supported by an activity counting real objects such as bears or cubes.
This activity, which combines real life reasoning and telling the time, helps children understand the analogue clock. It looks at the analogue clock as two scales superimposed on each other. This resource supports the new curriculum where in Year 3 children are asked to tell and write the time from an analogue clock.
Children are challenged to solve a problem in this practical activity which develops mathematical reasoning. Children develop a systematic way of recording which helps them solve the problem of blue and green frogs changing place. Aimed at upper Key Stage Two this activity is also suitable younger children, it supports the new curriculum by developing mathematical reasoning.
This cross curricular project from Cre8ate maths could be run over a week. In designing a playground children are asked to apply mathematical knowledge to a real life situation.This activity links to new curriculum in Year 5 where children are asked to identify 3-D shapes from 2-D representations and calculate the area of scale drawings. Children also learn to interpret numerical data in a variety of formats and think about the costings of such a project.
A cross-curricular idea for maths and science, grow cress seed in the 'Cress Heads' activity but collect data on number of seedlings which grow when left to germinate in different conditions, then decide how to represent it. Another idea could be to collect data on seedlings grown by each group of children and calcuate the mean number of seedlings which germinate in the class, (assuming each group is given the same number of seeds to grow).
Aimed at Key Stage Two this activity could be adapted for use in Key Stage One.