In February and March two linked workshops at Iveson Primary School in Leeds, were facilitated by Tony Cotton (Honorary Secretary of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics) and Helen Toft (National Association for the Teaching of Drama). They explored how using drama in education can inform the teaching and learning of mathematics.
The feedback from delegates was enormously positive and is published in full below.
What did you find most useful about the workshop(s)?
Ideas for lessons, cross-curricular links that were really meaningful and brought history and geography to life and made maths real.
Really enjoyed the ideas and the practicality of the workshops. The hands on practical ideas were really useful.
Ideas. Meeting other teachers. Discussion and small group activities.
Giving you ideas of how to use maths in a more cross-curricular and exciting way and easy to do. Great use of drama in history topics that you could take instantly into the classroom.
Wider perspective to the teaching of numeracy/mathematics – really gave me time to think of the opportunities for developing maths teaching across school.
Linking drama and topics in a creative way using it to stimulate discussions and questions.
Inspiring ideas that can be used in every classroom. History workshop had some great activities and help bring it to life.
Showed good cross-curricular links. Opened my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking about the different subjects. Some great, innovative teaching ideas. Good ways of questioning and introducing debates etc.
All of it! An opportunity for specialists to prise open the mind to show elements that can be used in a real life teaching environment.
Some great practical ideas that can be taken back to the classroom. Fun and positive atmosphere.
Ideas of cross-curricular learning and making things real to children in abstract subjects and concepts.
Different activities to use as starters for history lessons and ways to get children thinking of answers instead of telling them. Good questioning to use with children. Loved it! Chance to meet other teachers.
Using fun activities and linking drama with geography and history and maths and seeing how these activities can benefit the children’s learning while having fun.
How might the course have met your needs further?
Longer sessions to incorporate more ideas.
More ideas for a KS1 environment.
More links with maths. More practical maths activities.
Longer sessions as there’s clearly lots of other ideas. Ideas could be discussed in more detail if there was more time.
None – great!
A discussion about using these ideas in other contexts/signposting other ideas/resources (e.g. taking the Eyam work and using it in an Ancient Egypt topic.)
Was happy with the course being done in the afternoon as was easier to come to.
More ways to show how it would work practically in a KS1/KS2 classroom.
If the activities were much shorter to just show us the idea but show us lots more activities. The activities are brill – show us more please!
Can’t think of anything, more of the same.
Is there any further training that you would be interested in?
Expanding other areas of the curriculum through drama and using maths in more areas.
Drama links with other areas.
More drama based training.
Maths and art.
Of course, anything!
Any! Drama is very minor in school and I would love to develop it more for confidence/EAL.
Further overview of basic drama.
Using drama effectively in more lessons.
Yes using drama for social behaviour.
Yes lots more exciting inspiring ideas like the ones you have shown us.