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Maths of the Day

In 2008, Townfield Primary School in Birkenhead had poor attainment within mathematics. Furthermore, children did not enjoy the subject. During further investigation, a questionnaire on ‘Attitudes to Learning’ revealed that whilst maths was the least favourite subject in the school, PE was the favourite. The school SLT contacted the local authority, and began to work with the advisory teacher for PE – looking at ways of using children’s love of PE to enthuse, excite and engage children in maths.

Maths lessons began to be taught in a much more active way. Lessons were taught away from desks, in the gym, outside and in school corridors. Pupils were up and away from their desks – being active, whilst at the same time being taught mathematics.

The response was magnificent. Teachers adopted this approach throughout the school and very quickly attitudes to maths began to rise – so much so that in the space of two terms maths was now the children’s second favourite subject! (PE was still top).

As attitudes to maths improved, attainment soon followed and after 12 months maths results across the school had been transformed and data showed children were now meeting and even exceeding end of year expectations

Good news travels quickly and very soon other schools within the local area wanted to adopt this approach.
This led to a file being put together – a file full of ideas – a file full of lesson plans and resources – a file called ‘Maths of the Day’!

Over the years, the resource has grown from a file consisting of 70+ lesson plans to an online resource consisting of 1000+ lesson plans