National award-winners: the school that took over a hotel and ran it for a day - plus case studies of the six other winners

13th June 1997 at 01:00
Category:

Primary support and basic skills

Winning Company:

Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel

Entry:

Maths challenge

The success:

Marked improvements in the maths ability of pupils at Greenholm Primary school, Birmingham, was achieved through looking at the wider applications of maths in the environment. Using the National Foundation for Educational Research target maths tests, many students improved their performance by much more than had been expected.

The project:

Year 5 pupils explored the wider applications of maths through the day-to-day running of hotel. They looked at every service from kitchens and restaurants to golf, housekeeping and the bars. They looked at how maths was used for time and project management, planning and organising.

The biggest challenge was organising a conference at the hotel for parents and governors to discuss the project. The hotel's support was an added bonus for the school which is involved in a Government-backed initiative to develop numeracy skills in primary education.

Relevance to the curriculum: Pupils lear-ned the value of applying maths to all the other areas of their work .

What the teachers said: "The improvements on last year's results reflect the children's increased confidence in maths."

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