Outdoor maths: An interesting angle
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By John Dabell — maths coordinator at Lawn Primary School in Derby

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

boy holding triangle

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:

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  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


    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


    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


    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


    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.