As a Maths Director in a primary setting, I am always looking for opportunities to excite and enthuse our pupils with mathematics learning and broaden their horizons to maths opportunities outside of the classroom.
Working across six primary academies with around 3,500 pupils, it is imperative to have a clear vision and ethos to communicate to individual academies and their maths leaders. Looking to other areas of the curriculum, World Book Day and British Science Week have a national awareness and ease of engagement through the obvious activities such as dressing up as favourite book characters and performing daring science experiments.
Upon hearing about this celebration of maths across the capital, it had everything that I had been searching for. The ability to capture the attention of staff, parents and pupils alike, engage pupils with maths learning across the whole school and connect with maths learners on a regional level. Furthermore, it gives teachers an opportunity to incorporate real-life maths outside of their regular maths lessons, and ultimately, give attention to the diverse, creative and innovative subject that mathematics is.
Any maths that is done at home we want to celebrate! Please send in any pictures, drawings, activities that you do to twitter, using #MathsWeekLDN or on the Facebook page. I am sure that no matter what the future brings, we are going to continue spotting maths in real life and coming up with ingenious ways to solve never thought about problems- both online and offline.
A huge thank you to all of the schools, teachers, parents and children who are making this all happen and keeping maths learning alive and buzzing in the capital!
Written by Natasha Dolling, Director of Mathematics at LEO Academy Trust