Maths Curriculum

Find out about all the maths we are doing in our Outdoor Learning sessions 

Codes and Ciphers


Ciphers are used to hide messages and protect information on computers.  In class we used number ciphers to work out riddles.  Then we made and used a cipher wheel to work out messages around the school grounds.  You can make your own messages with the cipher wheel; create physical codes using your body and try out using morse code in class. 

Autumn Leaves - Symmetrical Patterns

Starting the park the children collected pairs of matching leaves.  The leaves needed to be as similar as possible to enable their use in a symmetrical pattern.  They had to collect as many different colours and shapes as possible.  On returning to class they used their leaves to create symmetrical patterns - discussing their line of symmetry with each other. The activity required careful observation as well as counting, sorting and symmetry.

Solar System Mapping

In the playground teams have been creating a scale model of the our solar system.  Teams estimated what size ball to use for each planet according to it's size and then measured the distance of each planet from the sun converting astrological units to cm or m


We have been using inclinometers to measure the height of the trees in the local park.  They work by following a 45 degree angle from the top of the tree in a the line to the ground.  Because the base of the tree is a 90 degree angle we know that the distance that we are from the tree must be the same as the distance from the base to the top.

Paper Airplane Racing


In our quest to discover 'air resistance' we used our engineering prowess to make paper airplanes.  The process required a knowledge of rectangles, triangles and halving. 

Measuring how far they flew and finding the average would have extended our maths if we had time. 

One Minute Race

Line up the children at the start of the race (across the playground or school field).  Explain that they will be racing to a line up ahead and have 'one minute' to reach the line.  They must not go backwards or stop and must therefore continue moving forward until the minute is up.  Do the children know how long a minute lasts? 

What happens to your heart rate when you do different exercises?

The Wellcome Trust resources for the Olympics 2012 ages 10 - 11 teaches children about heart rate.

Involves timing the beats per minute of our hearts for heart rate readings and plotting that onto a line graph.

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We have been working in the classroom creating a map of the classroom.  We had to estimate the size of the objects in the classroom to work out where they went on the map.  We even tried to create a map of the school grounds to - this to was tough.

Outside we had an orienteering competition find the markers around the school.  This required us to look at the 2D map and relate it to the 3D landscape.  We had great fun racing around the school locating markers on the map and then clipping the right box on the sheet. 

What's Under Your Feet 

Following our research into the invertebrates living in the school grounds we created bar charts to show our findings.  Children were expected to label their x and y axis accurately as well as chose appropriate values for the columns.  Everyone was fully engaged having only recently collected the evidence.

Invertebrate Research

We have been part of the 'What's Under Your Feet?' research. For this we collected and measured all the invertebrates in a 30 x 30 cm square; counted the numbers of each species and measured the worms.  This was then recorded in a graph.

Measuring the girth of the trunk

As part of our investigations into the differences between the trees we have measured the circumference of the trees in the park.  We have been practicing our knowledge of units of measure and using a tape measure.

Bee Hive Race

Children are honey bees collecting honey for the colony. Using a pipette children run out to collect water from cups around the playground and place in measuring cylinder.  After 5 minutes they measure the water to find out which hive has the most nectar. 

Who jumps the furthest?

Fantastic resources from The Wellcome Trust for the Olympics 2012.  Ages 8-9 is based on 'Do people with longer legs jump the furthest?'  Involves measuring and estimating.

Mud/Sand Kitchen

What measurements of sand and water make the best sand castles? Children weigh the sand and measure the water that they use to in the sand kitchen.  Fantastic fun, engaging and full of measuring potential.