Einstein once said, ‘ Play is the highest form of research.’
At Stony Dean we often use maths games to teach new concepts, to consolidate learning and to review previous learning.
In addition to supporting our pupils’ learning maths games also:
- develop social skills including turn taking
- encourage pupils to be team players
- develop communication skills for example through the discussion of instructions/rules as well as the results of the games
- encourage pupils to be fair and understand that winning and losing are all part of the game
- develop logical and systematic thinking which is an integral part of mathematical problem solving
- develop fine motor skills through recording results, throwing dice, moving counters and shuffling cards.
- often when playing games pupils can complete a great deal of maths without having to record all the maths they have undertaken
- many of our pupils do not associate playing games with ‘doing maths’ and yet playing maths games can be a powerful learning experience
- when playing games, pupils are often less fearful of answering a question wrong and therefore supports a key value that we promote, ‘that it is okay to make mistakes, they are part of learning.’
- it is a great way to observe pupils and make assessments about next steps in learning
- it is fun and when pupils are having fun, learning often seems easier.
The attached documents below are games that can be downloaded and played with your child/children with little or no cost.
By playing any of these games with your child/children you are supporting the development of their mathematical thinking as well as more importantly, having some family time with them.
New games will be added regularly and will be featured in the School Bulletin.
Below are some examples of Games you could use at home: