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Education Works have created a character called 'The Maths Wizard' which is being well received in schools. Each session supports the four aspects of Using and Applying – Problem-solving, Reasoning, Communicating and Enquiry.
Here's what the Maths Wizard has to say:
My name is the Mathematics Wizard but most people call me the Maths Wizard for short. My best friends call me ‘the’ for shorter, but let’s not go there.
I am known as the Maths Wizard because I am a wizard...oh yes...and I think Maths is the bees’ knees, the cats’ pyjamas and the bears’ chairs – I think that last one needs a bit of work...anyway – ‘crashing on’...
When you’ve seen as much of the world as I have – and, believe me, when you get to 187 years old you’ve seen many, many wonderous sights – you are constantly looking for a new challenge.
Well... I – The Maths Wizard – have a number of Maths challenges and problems that I can bring in to your school. Why not book the Mathematics Wizard for a Using and Applying (UAM) / problem-solving day and here’s what I can provide:
- I will lead a whole-school launch/assembly at the start of the day – possibly as a start for a Maths Week / Enquiry Week
- I will provide a short UAM/problem solving session for every class across school – sometimes in class or sometimes in a bigger space – e.g. the hall
- Each session supports the four aspects of UAM – i.e. Problem-solving, Reasoning, Communicating and Enquiry
- The sessions actively promote Speaking and Listening and group work/group collaboration (using some of the ideas created by Clare Reed – Education Works Speaking and Listening Consultant – from Talk Across the Curriculum)
- I will stay in role / in character throughout the day...ahem...and thus it will be so!
My most recent ‘wizarding’ was at Oakworth Primary School – 'The maths wizard day was brilliant - everyone enjoyed it.' Kath Waddington - Head Teacher Contact me now and I will join you for a short spell...a short spell...a short spell?
The Maths Wizard