Embracing maths with fun and games

May 10, 2018

Shepparton East Primary School foundation and Year 1 students work with maths consultant Michael Ymer.

Sharlee Church and Tilly Lindsay play the ‘‘Fruit Boxes’’ game together.

Maths consultant Michael Ymer showing the students how to play with numbers.

Students enjoy maths games at Shepparton East Primary School.

The world of mathematics was brought to Shepparton East Primary School this week.

The School applied for an embracing maths grant through The CASS (Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science) Foundation last year to improve the engagement of students and maths.

Shepparton East assistant principal Stacey Willaton said after working with maths consultant Michael Ymer last year, the staff intended bringing him back to the school to work with the students.

‘‘We were very excited about the idea of getting Michael Ymer back, we’ve got him for eight days during the year. We had him for one day last term and already the changes in the classroom have been amazing,’’ Ms Willaton said.

Ms Willaton said the children think Mr Ymer is amazing and he is also working with the teachers to teach them his techniques for learning.

‘‘Alongside the maths he does in the class room, he also does little magic tricks and tells wonderful stories to get the kids engaged and that’s the purpose of this program — the engagement of students in maths and improving our students outcomes,’’ she said.

Yesterday the foundation and Year 1 students worked with Mr Ymer on interpreting numbers through an inventive game called ‘‘Fruit Boxes’’.

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