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Where’s the Maths in this and that? 

by Nina Jackson on January 11, 2017

A short little blog today to get you thinking with visuals.

As some of you know I love to #sketchadoodle and use them as great visualisations for learning. They are wonderful ways for children to see how art and media can hook into a topic which may seem a little tedious or dry on occasions.

I created a  very simple visualisation on my iPad Pro using Paper by 53 app using the Apple Pencil but I also love the Pencil by 53 too which I have. You can use the Pencil by 53 with a range of iPads but the Apple Pencil only with the iPad Pro versions.

Here’s the visualisation and it will be a great little adventure for Early Years, Early Primary and SEND too, or maybe something to just create some curiosity.

There are a number of ways you could use the visualisation from discovering how many different shapes there are to categorising colours and looking at angles. How might you use the ‘Where’s the Maths in this?’ creation in your classroom.

Here are some more interesting pictures you may also want to use too.

I’d love to know your thoughts and how you may use them in your classrooms.

Thanks for taking the time to read and peruse.

Sending you all super smiles

Nina Jackson (aka The Ninja)


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  • Paul Tullock - January 11, 2017 reply

    Love this Nina 🙂

    I’ve been using ‘Where’s the maths in that?’ for about a year now in maths meetings, and the discussions from my Year 3 class last year and current year 5 never cease to amaze me.

    I love your pattern images (and will be borrowing them if that’s ok). I’ve never thought of making my own using Paper 53, but I’m getting into Sketchnotes myself now, just not proficient yet!

    The images I’ve been using are things like planes taking off, athletes (javelin, weightlifters, footballers), concerts and venues, landscapes and other interesting real life images. The discussion has been great: they have included angles, weight, acceleration, capacity, height, patterns etc. I’m looking forward to trying out your images, thanks very much!

    Nina Jackson - January 11, 2017 reply

    Ohhhh fab. Yeah the paper 53 easy peasy. They could do loads of their own and make amazing collages couldn’t they……delighted we think the same!!! Lol thanks for the comments really appreciate it. Hope all good with you? Xx

  • Paul Tullock - January 11, 2017 reply

    All is grand up here in the cold North! I’m def gonna get them to create their own now and create a collage. I’ll share the results with you! Hopefully catch up soon!

    Nina Jackson - January 11, 2017 reply

    Oh yeah that be fab thanks. From South Wales to the North….keep ya vest on! Lol

  • Sparky Teaching - March 15, 2017 reply

    Here are some we thought of…

    How many squares are there (incl. overlaps)?
    Find a shape that looks very much like a triangle, but isn’t. What makes it not a triangle?
    Name as many different types of shapes as you can see.
    Find and label examples of right, acute, straight line, obtuse and reflex angles.
    Estimate an angle that is about 25 degrees. Measure it. How close were you?

    Nina Jackson - March 21, 2017 reply

    Thanks for the super response Sparky. Love it when you share your amazing thinking too. Super smiles. Ninja 🙂

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