Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
In our Maths lessons, we were studying area and volume. The children were asked to help the deputy head teacher decide which land plot would be the most suitable for a school swimming pool. They used trundle wheels and metre sticks to map out the surface area then estimate the appropriate depth required. The children decided to take three measurements to then calculate an average measurement.