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Outdoor learning and maths. Year 1 teachers Alexandra Parrington and Samantha Millar write for ‘Prime Number,’ the primary journal of the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

“At Cornish College, we believe that being out in nature is important for the health and well-being of everyone, especially children. Further, we believe that learning with and in nature provides authentic inquiry and teaching opportunities across the curriculum and across all year levels. Outdoor learning provides many opportunities for students to engage with their natural environment and to be challenged mathematically.”

Year 1 students participate in Dhumba dha biik, or Talk Country, a weekly program where the children spend the morning out on the property. The focus for each session is different and here Mrs Parrington and Mrs Millar present ‘The She Oak Challenge.’  “Here is an idea designed to encourage mathematical thinking that we believe we have pursued with great success with our children. Concepts embedded in the activity include time, estimation, counting and mathematical structure.” Read more below.

 

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