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“The maths club enabled people to be more creative… and we said ‘Let’s put some of that back into the lessons’. We could see its effect so everyone is doing it. Now once a week up to Year 3 and once every two weeks for year 4 to 6 all classes do a creative lesson. So it has influenced our whole policy.”

The club started in Year 5 with an enterprise focus. The aim was to give pupils opportunities to develop their knowledge of number, space and money, as well as their problem solving skills in a practical context. A year on, the school has branched out offering clubs in Years 4, 5 and 6 with a definite emphasis on the creative and incorporating some IT aimed at developing number and money skills. Creative and practical aspects first tried in the maths club have been such a success they have found their way into the curriculum throughout the school.

What are the particular strengths of this model?

What impact has the club had in the school?

What else has the school learned?

Pupils are engaged and enthused by practical mathematical activities. In general, pupils have enjoyed the practical maths more than the IT based sessions. The effort involved in running such clubs is greatly outweighed by the positive outcomes.

“I could have gone for the easy option of buying board games … but they (pupils) would not have been knocking on the door or asking to join. Looking back you think they got a lot more out of that than I realised and other pupils wanted to join so children want to be at the maths club, though they might not say so!”

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