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Learning Through Play: Exploring Active Maths with Teach Active

In today's educational landscape, the concept of learning through play has gained significant recognition. Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being in children.

Fun games and activities that Teach Active provides are ideal for providing the perfect environment and is making a real difference to children across the country. Active maths, in particular, combines the benefits of physical activity with the teaching of mathematics. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of active maths and explore how Teach Active can be used to raise attitudes and attainment in maths.

The Power of Learning through Play: Play is a natural and instinctive way for children to explore and make sense of the world around them. By incorporating play into the learning process, students become active participants in their education. They develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Active maths takes this concept a step further by integrating physical activity into maths lessons, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

The Benefits of Active Maths: Active maths offers numerous benefits for both students and teachers. Firstly, it contributes to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Additionally, active maths has been proven to improve attitudes and attainment in maths and English. By incorporating movement and physical activity, students are more likely to retain information and develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Moreover, active maths enhances children's overall health and well-being, as they experience the joy of learning through movement.

Introducing Teach Active: With over 3000 lesson and homework plans Teach Active is the perfect resource tool designed to support teachers in delivering the primary maths curriculum through physical activity that is mapped to the National Curriculum and sits alongside and complements any national scheme of work. Find out more

Teach Active in Action: Schools across the UK have embraced Teach Active and witnessed its positive impact on students' learning experiences. Holy Family School, for example, saw remarkable results with 97% of year 6 children achieving the expected level in maths, and 47% achieving greater depth. This success story is just one example of how Teach Active has made a difference in thousands of schools. Read our success stories

How can I get involved?: If you are a teacher, headteacher, CEO, SGO, or advisor, you might be wondering how you can get involved with Teach Active and the active maths movement. Teach Active offers various opportunities for collaboration, including free live workshops, webinars, and keynotes for clusters and groups of schools. These initiatives provide valuable professional development and support for educators, enabling them to implement active maths strategies effectively.

Learning through play is a powerful approach that fosters engagement and deepens understanding. Active maths, with the support of Teach Active, takes this concept to new heights by integrating physical activity into maths lessons. By embracing active maths, teachers can create dynamic and enjoyable learning experiences that enhance students' attitudes, attainment, and overall well-being.

All of our pupils love Teach Active sessions and are always thoroughly engaged in the activities. They often don't realise how much learning or reinforcement of learning is going on because they are too busy having fun! The resources on the website are well organised, easy to access and it really takes no time at all to find, resource and set up a session.

Gary Kenny, Headteacher, Brookside Primary School

I love the fact children are proactively channelling their natural competitiveness into Maths challenges. They are often learning so many Maths concepts without realising they’re doing Maths. It’s fabulous to see so many smiling faces and increase in achievement in the subject.

Steve Tindall, Headteacher, Holy Family Catholic School

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