Messy Maths - A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years
Get real, get messy, get maths, get outside. This course explores the five “R’s” of Messy Maths:
- Rights – every child is mathematical and has the right to have learn about and explore maths
- Routines – embedding key maths concepts into your daily routines
- Resources – open-ended, low cost materials which can be used in lots of different ways with different ages and abilities of children
- Responsibilities of the adults – how to follow children’s lead and articulate the learning which happens through a play-based approach. It also includes ways of involving families to develop a child’s love of maths.
- Re-imagining your outdoor space – developing maths-rich provision in any outdoor space be this a concrete jungle, woodland paradise or something else.
The content is based upon the book, Messy Maths: A Playful and Outdoor Approach for the Early Years. It is particularly suitable for those who work with children aged 3-6 yrs old. It takes a sensible approach that provides lots of practical ways to ensure your outdoor maths provision is engaging and interesting and meets the needs of the children with whom you work. This all takes place within the context of sustainability using the environment, natural materials and what is around us in any outdoor space.
At least 50% of the course takes place outside. In addition, participants can access lots of additional material on a password protected blog post including a comprehensive audit of practice to help participants develop an action plan for improving their maths provision outside.
Training Provider Contact Details
I am an education consultant who specialises in learning and play outdoors. I have been running training courses since 2008.
My work is based upon many years of experience as a teacher, head teacher, trainer and consultant. I have actively contributed to, or written, many outdoor learning and play documents such as Loose Parts Play: A Toolkit, Out to Play and Outdoor Learning: Practical Guidance. I served on the steering committee that developed the Play Strategy for Scotland in 2013. I also created and developed the Forest Kindergarten training course for Scottish Forestry which is now a national qualification.
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