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How Explorify can help with maths

Written by Isabelle O'Carroll on Wed 28th Jun 2017

A pupil making observations

A pupil making observations

How Explorify can help with maths

What if there were no clocks? How strong is our hair? Can you make a rocket launcher in class – and change your design after 15 minutes? These are just some of the Explorify activities with a strong maths element, whether that’s gathering data, following a line of enquiry, problem-solving, or thinking about numbers and how they work.

Explorify is a science programme, but it’s not just science. Our design team and developers – including primary teachers and science experts – have planned it to support many areas of the curriculum, and help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

As primary maths demands become more challenging, teachers want more and more opportunities for children to develop their skills and accelerate their progress.

Louise Stubberfield, Explorify's primary lead, says: "Specific mathematical skills – measuring, estimating, recording data – are needed for the investigations and the problem-solving activities. Explorify helps them to practise explaining how they know something too, using the correct vocabulary."

A What If? activity (log in needed) asks about a world with no clocks, which opens up a debate about numbers and time, and how they are important. What happened before clocks? How is time divided? Why do we have time? This can be a fantastic way to get children thinking about time before the topic is explored more fully by the class or to reflect and assess what they’ve learnt. 

If you’re after hands-on maths, our practical activities will work well. Mission Survive activity Ice Lollies gets children thinking how to stop an ice lolly melting, plan and execute an experiment to test their ideas and record their results. You’ll be asking them to think about what materials are the best insulators, and monitoring how fast the lollies melt in their different insulation, using measuring cups and clocks, and deciding how to share their data.

Our Problem Solver activities would also work well – a current favourite with teachers and children is Newspaper Towers, where you’ll give everyone newspapers, glue, rubber bands and ask them to build the highest tower they can. There's lots of scope for practical maths in this: which tower is the tallest? The widest? The thickest? Used the most newspaper? Weighs the most? Are these things connected?

We know maths and numeracy are key to our pupils’ success, and science can really bring maths alive, demonstrating its practical application in the real world. We hope our activities show that both science and maths can be the most fun lessons of the week!