Girls and Mathematics. St Augustine’s School Danson School Parkway School. Feb – March 2009. St Augustine’s School. Target group: Three girls in Year 6 who show low levels of confidence and concentration skills in Maths lessons, and whose progress is limited.
St Augustine’s School
Feb – March 2009
The girls’ comments
Target group : A group of four Year 6 girls who have low levels of confidence and concentration in Maths lessons working between levels 3C and 3A at present.
Aim : to teach the girls how to estimate an angle and use a protractor to measure the angle accurately.
1. Hands on session, rotating sticks, to help the children estimate and compare angles. Girl friendly posters with images that they might remember.
2. Teach use of protractors, girls using IWB
3. Practise use of protractors using angles in pictures of clothes.
4. Apply skills to a L4 testbase question.
The girls said
“You could say what you thought – it didn’t matter if you got it wrong because there weren’t any boys to notice”
“ Boys can take over”
“It was good using the protractor on the IWB – that helped me to use my protractor.”
“I liked the pictures”.
The girls were involved, were willing to “have a go” and discuss their ideas in front of each other. Although they will all need more practice to become confident using a protractor, they were able to apply the skills learnt to a L4 testbase question at the end of the session.
Aim : to find an appropriate activity to engage the girls and help them gain confidence in finding the area of complex shapes.
The girls comments"It didn't feel like we were doing Maths""We actually had to do lots of Maths in the end""I like working in a small group""This is better than a worksheet because it's real""I didn't feel rushed and you listened to me""It's important that it goes up right 'cos everyone is going to walk past and look at it""Everyone knows it's our work""I feel a bit OK about doing area now"The teacher’s perceptions