At the end of January, I attended a day’s maths training. It was good, I got lots of good ideas. The one that stood out was this one:
I sat next to a lady, whose name I didn’t find out, let alone what school she was from (if I find out, an update will be added). She gave me the following idea…
Ask the children to fill pots and containers at home with ‘stuff’. For example, paper clips, pebbles, marbles and so on. Then, each week, put one of these on display and invite the rest of the class to estimate the number of items in the container. Ensure the child setting the challenge know the answer.
If you use, or adapt this idea for your classroom, please send a picture of the activity in place to us, and we will feature on this page.
Making Every Maths Lesson Count is underpinned by six pedagogical principles – challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning – and presents 52 high-impact strategies designed to streamline teacher workload and ramp up the level of challenge in the maths classroom. […]