Each workshop offers a fun and creative way to learning maths without the fear of making mistakes, as all ideas are encouraged and explored. Our unique equipment and problem solving games create a fun and engaging environment, where pathways of learning are discovered through examining and learning from our mistakes.
A typical day involves working within the same hall (or classroom) and working with each year group starting with the younger pupils first (where possible). Please see our example timetable. I am very flexible and understand that individual schools have their own requirements.
"The large scale of the shapes and the pitching of the session was good for reception children (although 3D shapes was a challenge, they enjoyed it and definitely learnt something!)" Charlotte Marr, Class Teacher
From the start the workshops are engaging and FUN with Prof. Brainwave. He explains how he learned that it's alright to make mistakes, if we learn from them, and that it's better to make a mistake rather than not have a go at all.
Pupils are faced with problems to solve that often can not be solved without making mistakes and learning. They will use the hands on equipment to make 2D and 3D shapes from cubes to pyramids to solve problems and create structures that will help students in the following workshops. Through the journey of discovery they will cover:
2D shapes, their properties, size, perimeter and area
Doubling, estimating and sorting
Making 3D shapes from 2D shapes
Looking at angles and basic fractions
Problem solving and visualisation
KS2 Maths Workshops
To start with the children are put into small teams to solve problems using 2D shapes which encourages free thinking as there are no "wrong answers". Through collective learning and solving the problems we move onto creating a hidden 3D structure within a tetrahedron with the help of the creations of KS1. Skills that the children will cover are;
Fraction, multiplying, doubling and subtraction
Calculating and estimating area and volume
Looking in detail the properties of 3D shapes and how they interact with others
Converting between units
Lines of symmetry and angles
Team work and confidence building
"The session was lively and involved active learning. It was expertly lead with lots of good humour and hands-on activities for the children to 'have a go'. All children were engaged and they were encouraged to use problem-solving skills and to work collaboratively. Questioning and mathematical language was used to encourage deeper thingking and to explore ideas 'outside the box." Usmaa Kaleem, Y6 Teacher, Maths Lead
Maths Workshops for all
We offer hands on maths workshops for schools that educate children with learning disabilities. I have had great success with these children who find the workshops engaging and fun. Please do get in touch with me to discuss your requirements.
Our family workshops are FUN and brings everyone together in the joy of learning! If the children have attended a workshop during the day they are given the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned before moving onto working together to solve new challenges.
If a family workshop is booked as a one of event parents will work closely with their children to solve problems and create 3D structures.
This is a great opportunity to reach out to parents and allow them to have an insight into understanding how their children tackle problems and learn.
Year 7 Induction Days
We offer a full or half day sessions for year 7 induction days. The day involves a variety of fun problem solving games where the children work together in teams. These workshops bring the students together, cement the mathematical knowledge that has been taught in primary school and take' the next step, preparing them for the next instalment of their learning.
I'm often asked how the day will flow so here are a couple or examples. Obviously schools differ and have unique requirments, we can discuss these when a booking is made. Once a booking is made I send out a blank timetable for you to complete to ensure it works with your school day.
09:00 to 09:40 Rec and Yr 1 Workshop
09:40 to 10:20 Yr 2 Workshop
10:25 to 11:10 Yr 3 Workshop
11:15 to 12:00 Yr 4 workshop
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch
13:00 to 13:55 Yr 5 Workshop
14:00 to 15:00 Yr 6 Workshop
9:00 to 09:55 Rec and Yr 1 workhops
10:00 to 10:55 Yr 2 and Yr 3 Workshops
11:00 to 12:00 Yr3 and Yr 4 Workshops
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch
13:00 to 14:00 Yr 5 Workshop
14:00 to 15:00 Yr 6 Workshop
When planning a timetable for a full day of Maths Workshops please keep in mind that they ideally should be at least 40 minutes lomg (30 min for nursery) and that years can be mixed if they are adjacent (working close to the same level). Workshops are normally held in the same hall for the whole day. We can move around to different classrooms although this will eat into the length of each workshop. If lunch is held in the hall we are able to work around this.