Taking Maths Outdoors:
Early Years

Taking Maths Outdoors: Early Years is an online course which will introduce you to a variety of ways to support and develop maths outdoors in the early years. This includes tips on behaviour management, useful kit, and practical ideas to support ongoing experiences in any outdoor space.

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About this course

Play is a powerful learning tool which helps children to make sense of the world around them. When children are immersed in free play, they are often “doing maths”, even when we as practitioners have not explicitly initiated an activity. We can take advantage of this to guide children’s learning and support their mathematical development.

Whilst we’re often more limited indoors, the outdoors allows children to learn and discover mathematical concepts on a big and messy scale. Outdoor spaces are excellent environments to support those children that learn with their whole bodies. By taking maths outdoors, we can encourage children’s desire to learn, discover, and follow the intrinsic motivations that our outdoor spaces provide.

Taking Maths Outdoors: Early Years will introduce you to new ideas, research, and practice to help develop your confidence in an outdoor learning setting. During this online course, you will:

  • Gain an increased understanding of how young children learn mathematical concepts and how using the outdoors can support this learning
  • Deepen your understanding of how outdoor spaces and the available experiences within them can increase children’s ability and understanding of numeracy and mathematics
  • Increase your knowledge of how mathematics provision can take place throughout our daily routines in the outdoors

About our online training

Completing one of our online training courses will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to reap the benefits of outdoor learning and play in your practice.

Created by experts who understand the challenges and barriers you face, each course includes interactive elements, carefully curated resources, action research opportunities, and moments for professional reflection.

We know that local context is important so, instead of providing you with one toolkit, our online courses include a range of ideas and readings, giving you the freedom to focus on the aspect of outdoor learning and play that you find most important.

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To get started with Taking Maths Outdoors: Early Years, enrol using the buttons below. Don’t forget – LtL members are eligible for a 50% discount on our range of online training courses!

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