Despite some inclement weather, last week included a day out with Threlkeld Primary School. We visited Myrtle Bay, and the recycled plastic boardwalks. We used those as the basis for learning about measuring, estimating and working out the costs of things.
We first paced things to estimate distances. Then they were measured using a trundle wheel and finally we calculated the costings for a length of boardwalk. So that was the mathematics aspect of the work.
We also talked about the reasons for using recycled plastic boards for projects like these. We use boards made from waste collected in NW England and manufactured in Liverpool so they could see tangible results of the recycling they are encouraged to do. Lots of lessons to be learned from that about minimising waste, reusing materials and reducing transport pollution whilst still being sensitive to the qualities we value in our surroundings.
It was a really good day with nice kids who were thoroughly enjoying learning through outdoor activities. I enjoy these days as much as they do!
I’ve been playing in the snow. I can run really, really fast. It’s great.