Next week, we launch a series of workshops in four Bristol primary schools. These workshops are part of the Everyday Maths Project – led by Tim Jay, Jo Rose and Ben Simmons.
The aim of the project is to empower parents to support their children’s maths learning. Through our previous research, we have found that parents often feel distanced from school maths teaching. This can be due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes, parents find it difficult to bridge the gap between the maths that they remember learning in school and the maths that they see their children learning. Sometimes parents suffer from a lack of confidence in their mathematical abilities. Sometimes parents are worried that they will confuse their children when they try to help. To help us deal with these and other issues, our approach is to focus on what parents already know and understand. Rather than teach parents how to do ‘school maths’ with their children, we are helping parents and families find the maths in their everyday lives – that’s where the ‘Everyday Maths Project’ got its name!
We are looking forward to seeing what our groups of parents can come up with this term – we will be updating this site as the project progresses. For more information, visit the project website at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/people/project/1847