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Maths fun wins young fans at Kirkhill


By Louise Glen

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Pupils from Kirkhill Primary School with their outdoor maths kits.
Pupils from Kirkhill Primary School with their outdoor maths kits.

Outdoor maths kits have won the seal of approval of a local teacher – after the children were delighted with the fun games.

Maths Week Scotland and the Science Skills Academy (SSA) recently dished out 174 outdoor maths kits for every primary school in the Highland Council area to mark Maths Week.

The week was part of a Scottish Government drive to encourage positive attitudes to numeracy and maths and was developed and delivered by National Museums Scotland.

And Kirkhill Primary Schools’ P7 teacher, Elspeth Mackenzie, said the kits had been a winner with the youngsters.

Edie (11), Sarah (11), Sophie (11) from Kirkhill Primary School.
Edie (11), Sarah (11), Sophie (11) from Kirkhill Primary School.

“The kids loved doing their usual maths outdoors!” she said. “It was great to see them working together, grappling with concepts in a really practical way.

“Concepts that they have explored through textbooks came to life and they were challenged to see maths differently. The conversations that took place were an indicator that the children were challenging themselves. It’s always good as a teacher to be reminded of how using the outdoors can open doors to learning for those who find the confines of a classroom more limiting.”

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