National Numeracy Volunteers

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Corporate volunteers available to deliver 'My Maths Story' assemblies and support 'Maths in the Real World' class sessions with Key Stage 2 in Bradford.

We are working in partnership with Vanquis Banking Group (formerly Provident Financial) on our numeracy volunteers programme and we can offer our corporate volunteer led assemblies and supported classroom sessions to Key Stage 2 in a number of primary schools in the Bradford area. 

Schools can express an interest in a volunteer attending their school to coincide with National Numeracy Day on 17th May or at any time in the summer term by completing our form here or email laura@nationalnumeracy.org.uk. For more information about our other National Numeracy Day activities including ideas and printable materials, information about our fantastic School Number Heroes competition, a celebrity lesson starter video with activities and games and resources to help all groups feel good about maths, with support for staff and parents, they can sign up here.

My Maths Story – a volunteer will deliver an assembly to Key Stage 2 all about their experience with maths. They’ll talk about how they found maths at school, how they find it now, how they use it in their job and life outside of work. They will also ask the children about how they use maths everyday outside of school. The assembly takes about 15 minutes and is based on a completed PowerPoint slides we will send to you in advance. Our pilot assemblies went really well and we’ve had great feedback from Maths Lead teachers in schools

‘‘The assembly went very well. The children were engaged and had many questions… it helped them to see the real-life examples and uses of maths, in and out of work, and children are always more receptive to these messages from a visitor’, Maths Lead, a Nottingham Primary School.

‘The assembly was really well prepared with use of key words and visuals to support children with English as an additional language’, Assistant Headteacher, William Davis Primary, Tower Hamlets

Maths in the Real World – this is perfect as a follow up to the assembly or as a stand-alone activity. Two or three volunteers will come into school to assist with this teacher led lesson for one upper Key Stage 2 class. A carousal activity will see 5 or 6 groups of children discuss fictional characters job and hobbies, exploring the maths used in each. This will be followed by an individual reflective activity where children think about how they use maths in everyday tasks or hobbies. There is the option to invite parents and carers in to join this activity too.

‘The classroom session was great. The children absolutely loved it and it certainly got them thinking about maths beyond the classroom’, Assistant Headteacher, St John and St James Primary School, Hackney

Both activities aim to

  • enable pupils to make the link between what they are learning and the world of work
  • get children thinking about jobs that involve maths and inspire them to see the maths in life beyond school
  • challenge stereotypes about careers and the world of work meet the Gatsby Benchmark of Good Career Guidance: Benchmark 4 – Linking Curriculum Learning to Career and Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employees

The volunteers will have undertaken training with us prior to attending your school. The training will cover numeracy in the UK, maths anxiety, how to support number confidence, supporting children to develop positive attitudes towards maths, safeguarding and delivering activities in a primary school. Volunteers won’t be DBS checked so must be always supervised when on school premises.

 

See our information sheet for more details. 

 


Opportunity

Published: 25/04/2023
Audience: Maths Leads in Primary Schools
Contact: Laura Hill

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