Environmental Geometry

This guide from the Nuffield Mathematics Project delves deeper in to how the study of the Environmental can lead to geometrical work. The importance of the environment as a source for mathematical ideas was stressed throughout the main teachers’ guides. The range of activities discussed in this Guide extends beyond experiences with objects in the classroom which the child can touch or handle.

The first chapter provides a few examples of experiences concerned with the difficulty of seeing things in their settings, in the hope that these and similar activities may encourage students to keep their eyes open and so develop their geometrical understanding.

Other chapters ask questions about why certain shapes are used in the environment, developing drawing skills and the use of precise language when describing objects.

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