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26 January 2012, 12:50pm

Rode Primary Tackling Numbers with Bath Rugby

Vicky Heslop, Bath Rugby Foundation’s Education Manager visited Rode Primary School today and delivered the fourth session of Tackling Numbers, an interactive numeracy programme for young children, developed and delivered by Premiership Rugby in partnership with MBNA. 

“It is going really very well.  Today the children are looking at different units such as, what is metric, and what is imperial and how to measure with these different properties.”

Vicky had the children from Years 3 and 4 measuring their hand spans, their feet and their heights and writing down the whole of the measurements of the class on a special chart.  This was followed by using the students’ height to calculate Danny Grewcock’s hand span by using a graph.

Kim Slade, Langham Class’s teacher said:  “I think the programme is really good especially for the children here.  Some children don’t like maths – they see maths as a bad day!  Others have special needs and for all those children it makes them see maths as a positive thing especially those who love rugby. Last week we had pictures of the players and we were picking out data – it worked really well and got them very interested and then two weeks ago they were designing and drawing the stadium and had them thinking about shapes.   They absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to get back in their classroom to finish it.”

Vicky will be visiting Rode Primary School once more and she hopes her visits will have; “Helped all the children to improve their numeracy skills and enabled them to engage in maths in an enjoyable way.”

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