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Maths Across the Curriculum

Mathematics is a server subject and teaches children fundamental skills that allow them to access many other areas of the curriculum. Below are some examples of the links between Maths and other subject areas. These also demonstrate how making links between Maths and different subject areas can deepen mathematical knowledge, understanding and skill to develop true mastery.

Science and Maths

Maths and science are tightly linked together. Almost every scientific investigation is likely to require one or more of the mathematical skills of classifying, counting, measuring, calculating, estimating, and recording in tables or graphs. Statistics are used extensively in Science. Most charts and graphs used in science are initially taught in maths lessons.

Geography and Maths

  • Collecting and representing data from field work.
  • Grid references and coordinates.
  • Using scales on Ordnance Survey maps to establish the correct distance between two points.

Physical Education and Maths

  • Time, distance and speed of races can be incorporated into Mathematic sessions to enable children to work out averages and convert between different measures.
  • Data can be collected and analysed to assess performances.
  • As in Geography, maths skills are needed when orienteering: using grid references, angles and direction.
  • Averages (Mean, Mode and Median) can be used to assess an athlete’s performance.
  • Creating sequences for gymnastics.
  • Discussing symmetry on the football pitch or netball court.

Design Technology and Maths

  • Reading Scales.
  • Measuring ingredients and working out proportions.
  • Using ratios in recipes.
  • Being able to measure things accurately is an important skill in DT when making products.
  • Estimation is also important when working out quantities of raw materials.

Computing and Maths

  • Angles and direction which can be drawn and measured using floor robots and apps.
  • Information can be represented through Excel documents.
  • Logic is used in programming as is problem solving.
  • Logical Reasoning during programming.
  • Scratch Maths allows children to use their mathematical skills to program computers.

 

Art & Design and Maths

  • Symmetrical art can be analysed and the number of lines of symmetry can be found. Also, the order of rotational symmetry can be studied.
  • Ratio is used to mix paints. For example, to make purple, you mix 3 parts red to 7 parts blue.
  • Many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the Golden Ratio, believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing.
  • Perspective can be used to show enlargement of shapes on square paper
  • Tessellations in different pieces of artwork.
  • Works of art from the Cubism era of the 20th century link to nets and 3D shapes.

History and Maths

  • Historical (scaled) timelines can be used as a basis for finding the difference in dates and giving an understanding of lengths of time over periods in History.
  • Historical dates can also be utilised for sequencing events.
  • Charts and graphs can provide extremely useful historical information, which children can analyse.

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