I am absolutely delighted that baking is becoming a core experience for our young children in Falkirk settings.
Many of you have locked this into your curriculum rationale stating that this rich experience supports holistic development.
Without exception, baking experiences, done regularly enough, supports children to learn important early mathematical skills such as counting, ordering/sequencing, comparing, estimating, weighing, measuring.
So, to celebrate Maths Week Scotland (w/b 30 September) we are inviting you to get involved in an authority-wide Bake Off for Maths Week.
Prof. Aline-Wendy Dunlop from Strathclyde has thrown her support behind the idea on Twitter:
“Like the word ‘mathematising’ Lisa- like Making ‘human sense’ of maths – so much to talk about in a recipe – quantity, weighing, measuring, estimating, comparing, sequencing – that’s the adult knowledge bit for great interactions – as you say counting and sorting! Lovely idea!”
We are very happy for you to do your own tasting challenge but, to win an authority prize you are asked to:
- Keep a visual record of how children are developing and using maths knowledge and skills through baking across the week (be as creative as you want). Special consideration should be given to involving parents and the community.
Prizes are available for the best stories.
To register your involvement tweet using #FalkirkELCBakeOffForMaths Tag @FClisamccabe @Falkirk1140 @numhubchampfalk
So far, we have the following settings signed-up:
Camelon ELC Centre
Rannoch ELC Centre
Kinnaird Primary ELC
Victoria Primary ELC
St Francis Xavier Primary ELC
Easter Carmuirs Primary ELC
Beancross Primary ELC
Bainsford Primary ELC
Avonbridge Primary ELC
Comely Park Primary ELC
Three. Two. One. Bake.