"Play is the most important work of a child"
Play is perhaps the most important vehicle in helping a child establish her worldview. This can only happen when children have real agency and choice. Their real curiosities and questions are free to surface under these conditions and be experimented with. There is no way to force play and there are no substitutes.
We want children to be able to play freely and then interact with their play on their terms to enable an authentic experience full of meaning for the child. Forcing an agenda on the play can be counter productive in several ways. In our clubs, we set the basic ground rules to enable safety and respect but children know that they can act within these constraints. They freely experiment with our Maths tools (things like cubes, shapes, number rods, geoboards puzzles and much more) by building, solving, matching or otherwise playing. As they discover phenomena and ideas that defy their expectation, they generate genuine curiosity that starts the learning process. Facilitators interact with explorers to help them clarify their thinking or test their expectations with little experiments. Or it might just be to introduce a word or allow the child to take part in a mathematical discussion.
Ever wanted to design your own game? We'll bet you have already! In this club, we make the full game design life cycle available to children. They can play games, modify them, set up tournaments, run playtests and surveys and create their own games, with our help. We explore the maths in games (and the games in maths). The games that we explore are mainly board game type games but can extend into any other type of game.Thursdays: 11am - 11:50am (Starts 12/09/2019)
"To grow, we must fail"
The ability to focus on one challenge, explore lots of possibilities and stay with a particular problem is, perhaps the most important skill you can develop. To promote this we offer: