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Training: Where’s the Maths in that? (Aberdeen City only)

Tuesday 22 January @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

It is common for practitioners to observe children who have a consistent interest or pattern of behaviour in an outdoor space. This could be running around, a passion for dinosaurs or a keenness to cycle all the time. In this course we look at how these passions and preferences can be used to develop and extend maths skills and understanding.

Participants will be expected to undertake a range of work in between the twilight sessions which is likely to include:

  • Observing a child or group of children playing outside. To create a mind-map of mathematical ideas based upon these observations;
  • From here, develop a collection of provocations and challenges that makes the maths real and relevant to these children and to observe the impact of these interventions;
  • To consider how to adapt routines and make tweaks to the outdoor space to enable the child or group to experience maths in fun, interesting ways that engage them.

Expected outcomes for the participants:

  • To improve knowledge and understanding about how to meet children’s needs in ways that simultaneously embed maths concepts;
  • To begin to develop the habit of thinking and reflecting about the mathematical potential and possibility of outdoor environments and how children behave outside;
  • To be able to integrate children’s interests and needs into a maths-rich outdoor space.

Trainer: Juliet Robertson, Creative Star Learning

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Juliet Robertson

Juliet is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants who specialises in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organisations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people.

Juliet also works at an international level providing inspiring and engaging presentations and training everywhere. In the past two years alone, she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. She provided the kickstart training for the first outdoor nurseries in Lithuania and worked with universities and schools in Spain and Belgium.

After years of ghost writing and public blogging, Juliet is now an author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (2014) and Messy Maths (2017).


Tuesday 22 January
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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