By The Numbers...
As an absolutely crucial strand of the curriculum for children of all ages, Numeracy, or Maths, is on the timetable almost every day for a decade of their school life. Needless to say that’s a lot of lessons, which can easily become very repetitive and even worse, for those who struggle in that area, they can become a huge source of frustration and resentment. As we all know, Maths isn’t just adding and taking away, its more than just numbers. Shape, position, movement, geometry, probability, money management and many more elements can be covered within our Maths Games Days.
Easy As 1,2,3...
Our Maths based games days and sessions focus on the skills needed by every pupil to help them improve their basic ability whatever their age, but can also be used to push the more gifted students who are excelling in class. The games are ideal for showing how to apply what’s been learned – and they have a very ‘cool’ appeal which helps to make Maths more fun.
Run as a series of sessions throughout the day for targeted age groups, every game used highlights a variety of skills and is challenging in a number of ways. Multiplayer games enable children to work cooperatively and competitively, but they also mean strategies and number predictions constantly change and evolve depending on the actions of others as well as the player’s own. This in turn cultivates ideas of probability, options and strategy – all based on subconscious multiple calculation. How’s that for thinking skills?
It was a brilliant day. I learned a brand new game that helped my maths whilst playing with my friends. - Alex, age 8
A Maths Games Day Includes:
- Games sessions throughout the day with children and staff
- Breakfast Club activity
- Lunchtime Games Club
- Optional After school Event for families and staff
- A copy of all the games for you to keep - worth £200
What Actually Happens
In planning your day we will discuss with you exactly which pupils and staff will benefit from involvement in the day's activities to ensure you can easily continue to reap the rewards of your games day long after we have gone, and to help you do that, you will get to keep all the games used on the day. We will also give you the knowledge, motivation and confidence to make the most of your games in lessons, clubs, organised events and reward time, and do it all through play. All we need from you is a space to play, tables and chairs!
Throughout the day we will run a combination of structured lesson-time sessions for targeted groups as well as activities to fuel a breakfast club, lunchtime activity and after school event to suit your timetable and needs. As lessons continue elsewhere, focused groups of children with a member of staff will experience their own games session, away from their usual classroom, and become experts in a selection of games with the ability to mentor their new found skills far and wide.
Outside timetabled hours, Breakfast club is an excellent opportunity for us to give a glimpse of the day ahead and create some excitement, while lunch time is a fantastic opportunity for those involved to teach a friend what they have learned and show the teachers they are ready to and able to have a regular games club, and how easy it is to run.
The end of the day is a chance to invite families and carers to come and experience the games, appreciate the value of this approach and to discover a new and easily accessible way to engage with their children that they can really enjoy too! This is also an excellent opportunity for the school to reach out to the community and influence further positive engagement for children, outside the school environment.
Why It All Adds Up...
The result is increased knowledge and dexterity with numbers, self confidence, and a view of Maths as a source of fun and excitement, whatever their age.