chapter  9
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Mathematics outdoors: The world beyond the classroom

The outdoors provides us with the space and many opportunities to teach mathematics in creative and enriching ways. By not only taking mathematics outside but also acknowledging the wonderful world of mathematics to be found in nature and in constructed buildings and artefacts, we encourage children to see mathematics as relevant to them and their world. The context may be the outdoor classroom, the neighbouring streets, the garden or the seaside. The development of forest schools and a flurry of writing about outdoor classrooms (see, for example, www.outdoor-classroom.org.uk and www.ltl.org.uk; Harriman 2008) has heightened or, perhaps more accurately, reflected a growing interest in the importance of outdoor provision across the curriculum.