Creative Maths Enrichment Clubs

Maths Clubs are alternative or supplementary maths experiences. We understand maths as ideas and feel that everyone is capable of exploring these ideas and enriching their lives through engaging with maths. The use of problem solving techniques can be used in all areas of life and of course are extremely useful for supporting more formal education in mathematics. Our clubs are split between the two aspects of educational development that we value most, namely:

Play Free Exploration with Maths Resources

Grow Focussed Challenge & Problem Solving

Our main clubs are designed to encourage these two attitudes towards learning.

Feature Thursdays: 10am - 10:50am (Starts 12/09/2019)
Saturdays: 10am - 10:50am (Starts 14/09/2019)
West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre (In the Community Room on the right of the entrance)
£6 per session - Pay as you go: No need to book in advance
These sessions are drop off but parents are welcome to stay and get involved if they want

PLAY - Free Exploration with Maths Resources

"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.

Game Play & Design

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)
West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre (In the Community Room on the right of the entrance)
£6 per session - Pay as you go: No need to book in advance These sessions are drop off but parents are welcome to stay and get involved if they want

Grow - Focussed Challenge & Problem-Solving

"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:

  • a focussed maths circle where the expectation is that children will take part in a short mathematical inquiry with set group work
  • Explorers can choose one or two of our challenges to work on during each session and keep a record of their work and the challenges they’ve done over the term
  • the Maths Explorers equivalent of homework which will be a maths challenge to continue thinking about during the week
  • participation in some deeper 'research' into a challenge of their choice during the second half of term; preparing a display & presentation of this investigation for parents' viewing
Feature Thursdays: 12pm - 12:50pm Sign Up (Thu)(Starts 12/09/2019)
Saturdays: 9am - 9:50am Sign Up (Sat) (Starts 14/09/2019)
West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre (In the Community Room on the right of the entrance)
£100 for the term