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5 Active Learning Games that can be used as a catalyst to raising attitudes and attainment in Maths lessons

Here at Teach Active we believe that active learning can be both educational and enjoyable! In this blog post, we will showcase some of our exciting lesson plans and resources that promote active learning in a fun and engaging way.

Creating an active school day can benefit children in many ways including Physical Health, Social Wellbeing, Mental Health and Brain Function. However, we’re not currently unlocking this potential based on latest research from The Youth Sport Trust – Annual Report 2023...

- Less than half (47%) of young people in England are meeting minimum physical activity levels
- 70% of the school day is sedentary
- Schools and teachers are struggling to find the time to ‘do more’ on top on an already packed timetable
- New Initiatives are often short lived and not sustainable


By incorporating physical activity into the classroom, we can transform education into play and create a dynamic learning environment for students whilst also raising attitudes and attainment. Let's dive into some of our Maths resources and explore the world of active learning games!


1. "Number Hunt": In this thrilling game, students embark on a treasure hunt to solve mathematical problems involving multiplication and division. By physically moving around the classroom or outdoor space, students actively engage in problem-solving and develop their mathematical skills. The excitement of the hunt adds an element of adventure to the learning process, making it an enjoyable experience for all.


2. "Around the World": Take your students on a virtual journey around the world with this interactive game. As they explore different countries and cultures, students answer multiplication and division questions. By incorporating movement and imagination, this game not only enhances mathematical understanding but also broadens students' global awareness. It's a fantastic way to make learning come alive!


3. "Number Generator": Get ready for some mental math challenges with the "Number Generator" game. Students use their knowledge of place value and multiplication to mentally solve problems. By incorporating physical movements, such as jumping or clapping, students actively participate in the learning process. This game not only strengthens mathematical skills but also promotes physical fitness and coordination.


4. "Sprint Sum": Race against the clock in the "Sprint Sum" game! Students solve multiplication and division problems as quickly as possible, aiming to beat their previous time. This fast-paced activity not only improves mathematical fluency but also boosts students' mental agility and concentration. It's a fantastic way to make learning math exciting and competitive.


5. "Stairway to Success": Climb the "Stairway to Success" by answering multiplication and division questions correctly. This game encourages students to actively engage in problem-solving while physically moving up the stairs. As they progress, students build confidence in their mathematical abilities and develop a sense of achievement. It's a great way to motivate and inspire students to reach new heights in their learning journey.


By incorporating physical activity into the classroom with key stage 1 or key stage 2, we create a dynamic and engaging learning environment for students. The showcased games, such as "Number Hunt," "Around the World," "Number Generator," "Sprint Sum," and "Stairway to Success," provide opportunities for students to actively participate in their learning while developing essential mathematical skills. Let's embrace the power of active learning and turn education into an exciting adventure!

Remember, if you have any questions or need further information about our active learning games, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at [email protected] or give us a call at 01244 735 110.

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