How playing catch could boost pupils’ maths attainment

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What does a child’s ability to catch a ball have to do with their maths skills? Quite a lot actually, according to developmental psychologist Liam Hill, who tells Christina Quaine why ‘interceptive timing’ is key

Could playing catch improve maths skills?

At Lilycroft Primary school in Bradford, you’re just as likely to find a nine-year-old playing with construction equipment toys as you are a child in the Reception or Year 1 classes. Throughout their time at Lilycroft, children have regular ball-catching and throwing sessions. They’re encouraged to use role play and have hands-on lessons. And the school has recently remodelled its Reception, indoor and outdoor areas with a focus on developing pupils’ motor skills.

The reason? It is hoped that through making these adjustments, children’s maths learning and attainment will be improved. And ...

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