Thinking about how to start this project suggested us to analyze what problems our children have when they are learning maths in our daily lessons.
It is a reality that some children have problems facing abstract concepts or solving daily maths situations.
Maths are present all around us and we think that this is something that we need to transmit to our pupils.
Working in this project will try to engage pupils to learn maths through real situations and innovate new tasks for our staff.
MATHS THROUGH ART!
Our children 7, 8 years old investigated an art model built in a small village in the north of Spain.
They learnt distances from our village to start with the task.
Agustín Ibarrola created this beautiful work of art on the breakwater in the fishing port of Llanes. He created this masterpiece on the blocks of cement which make up the breakwater. It has been described as one of the major works of public art. Within it there are elements of the history of the town, the region and the artist himself.
The cubes are painted in such a way that the colours, images and edges mix and create new forms. These unite the blocks and create new three dimensional shapes superimposed on the originals. Ibarrola uses a non figuartive method to achieve a work of great beauty, a work for contemplation, a work whose colours and shapes are constantly changing with the light and the water, highlighting or covering elements and motifs such as the fish eyes on the lowest blocks.
They started to work with cubes and every family built their own one using different material to express feelings and different artistic designs. While in our lesson we learnt about other geometric figures; vertices, faces and edges.
Geography, literacy, art… and MATHS!!!!
Our children work with their families to make different cubes expressing feelings and emotions.
HERE ARE THE RESULTS!
MATHS THROUGH A GLOBAL PROJECT
Children 8-10 years old have started a global project for our first year of work, a number of activities joined to get a final objective: working Maths in a real context. They are going to try to put in relation each activity with the topic in each term. They have started learning how a city works and is built. They have made a 3D model, studying its structure, organization, streets, etc.
Next task will be to organize a career guidance with real measures and distances in our village to get to find a place where we can buy a shopping list to carry out the next activity.
We pretend to teach and work different mathematics concepts during the development of the different activities: money, volume, capacity, measures…
LET’S GO TO THE STREET!!!
Pre-school children, children 3, 4, and 5 years old go to the street to see where are numbers shapes and colours!
They walked down our village’s streets to identify the presence of numbers, shapes an colors in different situations; car number plates, houses numbers…
Our oldest pupils work with cliomograms. They study the weather of the Erasmus project’s countries and carried our climograms.
SO FAR, SO CLOSE! KILOMETRES OR MILES…
Our pupils work the distances from the Erasmus countries taking into account miles and kilometres.
During these two years working with our partners… we are going to try to learn to count from 1 to 10 in the different languages of our partners.
We started in French and Italian.