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# Outdoor maths: An interesting angle

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Help your class to discover maths in the real world by taking your lessons outside

Investigate angles outside

The outdoors provides us with the space to teach maths in creative and imaginative ways. This is not just enrichment, but at the core of enabling learners to see maths as relevant to the world around them. The change of environment can, in particular, help to make learners feel less threatened and perhaps more willing to offer suggestions and just ‘have a go’.

### What is an angle?

In the first of our outdoor maths series, we look at angles in the outside world. Although it might be tempting to rush straight outside, you’ll first need to establish children’s prior knowledge. For example, can they define what an angle is? Can they name any angles? Which sorts of angles can they recognise? So, before heading out for a bit of organic maths, children will need to define, recognise and name angles to get the most out of their experience.

Elicit that an angle measures the amount of turn. The corner point is called the vertex and the arms are called rays. There are five angles to learn:

#### Types of angle

• Acute angle— An angle less than 90 degrees.
• Right angle— An angle that is exactly 90 degrees.
• Obtuse angle— An angle greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
• Straight angle— An angle that is 180 degrees exactly.
• Reflex angle— An angle that is greater than 180 degrees.
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## Reviews

1. ### Lucy Masterson on 21 May 2017

#### outdoor maths- an interesting

Great ideas. I will use them all. Thank you so much

5out of 5
2. ### hisham on 8 July 2016

#### amazing

It was quite amazing

3. ### deborahroome on 8 May 2016

#### Can't wait!

This looks great!!

5out of 5
4. ### Ali on 8 April 2016

#### Excited

Was looking for a resource just like this! Excited to try it out with my kids on Monday!

5out of 5
5. ### Saadi on 25 September 2015

#### Experimenting

Sounds excellent and fun! Will try this out soon!

5out of 5
6. ### Millicent on 10 February 2015

#### Hands on Maths

Great ideas for making Maths practical and realistic! I am sure my children will love it!!! What a lesson to usher in half term!

Thank you!

7. ### Rhys on 20 June 2013

#### Angles

Excellent lesson.

8. ### Catherine on 10 June 2013

#### Loved this!

Great maths – my yr2/3/4’s loved this today.All were really excited !

9. ### Kayti Selbie on 15 May 2013

#### Outdoor Maths

What a great way to get the children outside investigating in a meaningful way!

10. ### Zoe Aspinall on 12 April 2013

#### Yr 6 Angles

A great way to get my year 6s up and active learning.