A few years ago, I started doing some informal primary transition work by using the most exciting tool in the educational toolbox – Maths!
All we do is have some fun building cubes out of jelly babies and spaghetti. It is as simple as that.
But then, scratch the surface and all hell breaks lose.
In that short hour, we are covering at least three numeracy outcomes, at least one Maths outcome and at least one literacy outcome. The depth covered is commensurable to the amount of time we spend together. It is a taster of the learning to follow, we are not trying to cover the course in a week, after all!
This is the time of year to plan it and with tesco value spaghetti (24p) and Lidl Jelly babies (59p) I have managed to supply about 5 classes with resources for less than £5 (but a funny look from the girl at Lidl)
I am sharing this so that you could consider either doing the same or sharing your own ideas. A small fun lesson like this eases kids in to high school, build relations with our primary colleagues and cuts through so many areas (one historian added a lesson on the originals of peace sweets that we now call jelly babies).
Please share your ideas too, the simple ones are the best and sharing via pedagoo you will not only clock up more CPD time but also potentially make ALL the difference for a child starting high school.
Lesson outline and ideas for links with CfE are here