Moving Maths

Moving Maths

Moving Maths in Reception

In a Reception Maths lesson each week at Annesley, you’ll observe children engaging in a variety of physical activities such as balancing, jumping, bouncing, running, and scooting. While it may resemble a PE lesson, our students are not only honing fundamental motor skills but also practising essential mathematical skills, such as counting, adding, estimating, number formation, patterning, and direction.

At Annesley, our Reception students are engaged in our Moving Maths program with both their class teacher and PE Teacher. Based on brain research, Moving Maths seamlessly merges movement and learning and capitalises on the interconnected relationship between physical activity and cognitive development. By performing specific movements and mathematical tasks the students are igniting key areas of their brains, priming them for receptivity to new information while also consolidating prior learning.

Students complete a range of activities which link a specific mathematical skill or concept and a fundamental motor skill. Research has shown the neural pathways developed when learning motor skills are also used when we are learning and consolidating new information. The proper development of these pathways help students to grasp new concepts quicker, turn thinking into actions and retrieve and encode information from their memories (Ratey, J. 2008). All of this has an impact on student learning and their readiness to learn.

Moving Maths is a highlight of the Reception students’ week at Annesley and benefits the students as they return to the classroom to continue their learning in other areas. The movement the students have performed forces oxygen and glucose to the brain at greater rates and feeds the brain much needed nutrients (Blaydes, J. 1996). This helps the brain to be in an optimal learning state in the classroom.

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