Learning in the great outdoors
This collection of 15 pieces focuses on using the environment to help teach numeracy at infant and junior levels. A few of the sessions relate to visits to a botanic garden, a river and a graveyard, but most can be undertaken in a school field, if available.
I was struck by the value of some of the simplest activities. "Measuring tree canopies" is full of maths and has strong links withgeography; the lesson plan is detailed and practicable. An activity involving pace-counting is also simple to organise.
The range and style are variable, but so are the environment and content, and no one is likely to use more than a small number of the activities.
The booklet is cheap and easy to read, and provides the invaluable enthusiasm and expertise of specialist field officers.
Several times I found myself realising just how many occasions there have been when I could - with little preparation and no specialist equipment - have used the environment to help children to learn maths.