Australia is reviewing its Maths Curriculum.

Sides are taken. Arguments are rife. See the excellent article by Donna Lu, **Cracking the formula: how should Australia be teaching maths under the national curriculum?**, The Guardian,13 FEB, 2022)

Should teachers teach? Or students explore problems? (Called Cognitive Activation in academe!)

Why not, both? Then add **outdoor maths** (below) plus **defronting the classroom** sometimes and **try some maths selfies** for homework. More ideas **here**.

It doesn’t matter what’s written in the curriculum, the biggest problem in maths for students is

# BOREDOM.

Here, to tackle boredom are:

# 41 Maths things to do before you’re 12

“**A growing body of research shows us that outdoor play leads to better physical and mental health, has positive effects on cognitive function and learning, and reduces the incidence of behavioural problems**.” Maria Zotti, **Nature Play, SA**.

Peter Dunstan, Principal Kilkenny PS, SA, writes in **SAPPA** magazine, Primary Focus, that outdoor play fosters “**wonderment, independence and freedom**” as well as “**social skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving**”.

Inspired by SAPPA and NaturePlay, Mathspig has produced her own outdoorsy maths list:

References:

7. Robin Hood Give us your best shot.

9. You can measure the volume of your lungs by blowing one breath into a balloon and pushing it into a full bucket of water. Measure the overflow.

15: Outdoor Maths: Times Tables

21. Light intensity links. Here and here.

36. Killer heels that really kill.