I was clearing my desk at work and stumbled across a report from the Everyday Maths Project (something I was involved with as an RA before my postdoc). The Everyday Maths Project was a fascinating piece of work, led by Tim Jay (now at Sheffield Hallam University) and Jo Rose, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project essentially involved working with parents of primary school children in order to develop maths workshops that support parent-child maths interaction. The project was controversial in nature as it went beyond abstract, school-based maths to explore the (potentially latent) practical maths that parents employ on a daily basis. Through a series of workshops, parents maths knowledge was made explicit and we explored ways that this can be used to support children’s maths learning within everyday contexts (e.g. travelling to school, playing in the park, shopping for food). As dad of two small kids this work was timely and my own maths confidence developed during the project. If you are number shy and would like to learn more about innovative ways of introducing maths in everyday life, then you can download the final report. There are further resources on the website including conference proceedings (www.everydaymaths.org), as well as a paper due out in spring 2017.
Pictured: Pero’s Bridge in Bristol. (Can you find the maths?)