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2018 Maths Grants

 

In 2018, after the success of the 2017 round of Maths grants, the Jo Walters Trust again called for applications from people who felt they had a project that could help more people understand maths more easily. We ran this in conjunction with the Association of Maths Teachers, to whom we are very grateful for their expertise and experience providing invaluable support in helping us to choose the applications that were mostly likely to have the biggest impact. We are delighted to have been able to award more grants than we iniially thought possible, thanks to generous donations and fundraising efforts during the year. The list of successful recipients are as follows:

  • Wath CofE Primary School: £600 to spend on helping all children at the school become time experts. All classes have 2 watches so that they can allocate 2 children per day to be time experts. Children will wear a time experts badge so that adults and other children know that they can ask them the time. The grant also bought outdoor clocks for the playground. 

  • Littlemead PTA: we awarded the PTA of Littlemead in Bristol £1,000 to introduce Maths themed playground markings in this area which has a high level of deprivation and social problems. They are installing a variety of games and educational markings which would help improve the children's numeracy.  The children are in desperate need of a more stimulating play area and we hope adding these bright & colourful playground markings will improve fitness and encourage friendships as the children play together.  These markings will also provide teachers with a great opportunity to use them as an outside teaching aid. 
  • Troon Primary: we awarded £500 to help this Scottish primary school create an engaging and stimulating outdoor numeracy base, engaging their learners by using the natural resources they have from the nearby beach and woods to collect and make some of the learning resources. Having already invested in outdoor learning resources and committed to outdoor learning in the School Improvement Plan the grant from the Jo Walters Trust will help drive attainment and engagement, particularly with learners who have barriers to maths or struggle in the closed environment of a classroom.
  • Liberton High School: £350 to pay for 2 visualisers to be used to improve their students ability to hold mathematical conversations. This should improve their ability in problem solving, analysis and critical evaluation of information. The visualisers will allow them to hold classroom discussions about examples of work instantly and to show examples of excellent work as well as common mistakes, and also help the pupils to evaluate each other’s solutions and discuss the merits and problems with different methods. 

     

  • St Werburghs: £994.13 to provide  'FUN'  mathematics workshops for parents at the school so that they feel more confident playing games with their children at home. They told us that the parents want to be able to enjoy maths with their children but often lack the confidence, skills and equipment (dice, spinners, items for counting etc)  to be able to do so. This donation will be used to buy and make family mathematics packs that our parents can borrow (and a little basic pack to keep) containing the equipment that would be needed to play the games we play in the sessions. Eg. multiplication bingo, times table grid games and also eequipment to show parents how to make simple, but effective games at home out of fairly accessible equipment such as drainpipes, water bottles, car tyres, bin lids, buckets, pipe insulation etc

     

  • Elmwood School: this SEMH (Social, emotional and mental health) school where most of their students are diagnosed with ADHD and autism are creating an interactive Maths area where the students can physically tackle problems and puzzles in a dedicated area, with hands on resources for them to explore. Magnetic marble runs on a metal plated wall and cube designs to tackle problems around shape and visualising concepts.

    The grant will be used to buy resources for the area to promote a love of the subject and encourage exploration and discovery in a safe environment.

All of the recipients are busy spending the money and putting the projects in place, and we will update you here on our website as reports come back to us as to how they have gone. 

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