Grouping in the grass! (Or sand. Or amongst the trees.)

By Ian Irwin

The Basic Idea

Get your class to understand the structure of multiplication and division by going outside and making collections of objects that are based on different calculations.

For example, show or tell them a calculation such as 12 x 3, or 16/4 and the children collect natural materials and make the groups that the calculation represents. This could be in a given time to add a bit of urgency to the proceedings.

How to take it even further or make it more challenging

Create arrays and attempt some large scale grid calculations.


Tried it today and it was really effective! The children were quickly and efficiently looking at the calculation and grouping. They either worked out the answer first or after they had made the groups. Really good in mixed ability groups.

Ian Irwin
16:37 15 Jun 2015

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