Over the last few weeks I have been trying to look at how we can embed numeracy in PE. It was on the back of the Sports College Conference where I had joined in a few of the sessions looking at numeracy. I know there are lots of opportunities in sport to look at numeracy but it was key to make sure that it did not take away from the session being on PE. Having tweeted for some collaborators there was some initial interest and people were happy to share what they had or their thoughts on what there could be. This is hopefully just an interim update

Thanks go to

Michael Davison @davisonpe

Jo Bailey @lovephyed

The sheet is split into 2 sections.

Learning in PE, things that we can do in PE lessons that help benefit the lesson

Learning through PE, things that can be looked at outside PE with sport as a focus.

Use of apps to impact on this,

Dartfish tag, excellent tool for simple notation analysis.

Coachnote, good for drawing out activities to then explore space, angles etc Numbers (google docs) data collection and comparison.

Analysis apps (Ubersense, Coaches eye, Dartfish express).

Fitness specific apps, bleep test, fitness pro. (Both good for data collection)

Learning in PE

Team games

Shot, pass accuracy, (percentages). Students can look at what they are doing in games, if rotating teams get the team that is off to keep track of shots, passes, tackles etc. as part of a homework project they could then do a statistical analysis of the teams performance. They could then use this as a measure to improve on in future sessions. example

In basketball look at angles of body position in shooting. Using analysis app to look at the angles, is there a perfect angle, how might we compare. Can also look at angle of release when shooting.

Racquet games,

angles, speed, distance, multiplication, scoring. Ubersense

Again using analysis apps you can look at speed by breaking down the frames. Burst mode is a good app for this. Lots of angles work can be done in racquet sports, ideal angles to play shots. Possibility to look at Pythagoras and trigonometry!

Points scoring. Create games that have different scoring systems. Look at algebra, points scored on serve are x, points scored with volley are y, points scored from baseline are z. Keep a tally and then work out score if x=3 y=4 z=5. Example

Athletics

Distance, timing, compare, data, really easy to look at data collection, comparison etc. use of spreadsheet to record personal data and look at personal bests. Measurement if field events looking at distance, conversions to different measurements, i.e. meters, yards, centimetres, inches etc. looks at multiplication.Example

Look at elite times, work out percentage difference between students and elite athletes. estimates. Eg u run 100m in this time, how long will it take you to run 400m

Laps times @dwoodward11

Striking and fielding

Scoring, space, angles, distance,

Similar ideas to those already mentioned, can do lots of data collection that then leads to percentages, also a good way to look at algebra in a similar method to the racquets idea above.

Example of using Ubersense to look at angles

Fitness

How much weight is lifted over a period of time? In comparison how long would it take to lift

equivalent of ……..?

OAA

Maps, orienteering, QR codes, distance, time, space. Ideas used by @peeducator

Learning through PE

Within maths how can sport help?

Lends itself to lots of project based studies that involve sports at the heart. Would be engaging for sporty children as it is based around their interest.

Problems that could be set in tutor time or on a maths wall where answers could be emailed in. I am going to start ths after half term so will put some info on successes and issues after then.

Cycling

How far does a cyclist travel in the Tour de France? What’s the rate of decent? Average

speed? Rotations of the wheel? calories burnt? Example

How many hours does it take to become an elite athlete, hours per day, per month etc

Athletics

Distance covered in a career for Usain Bolt?example Angle of javelin release? High jump, how high do they jump compared to height? Angle of jump in relation to bar, ideal angle, does it change per height of athlete? example

Football

Look at the angles, distance etc covered in penalties. Use pictures as a stimulus to get students applying Pythagoras and trigonometry.Example

Also looking at place values by looking at players wages over time. Example

Learning through PE Michael Davison @davisonpe

Fitness Lesson (Maths Focus)

The first task pupils will perform will link Mathematical knowledge with that of BTEC Sport, specifically Physiology.

As the pupils are sat down at the start of the lesson they will each take their own resting heart rate. Once they have taken this Heart Rate they will then record it on their task sheet.

Pupils will then communicate to each other in order to get each others results. Once they have their own and someone else’s data they will then compare it with that of an Elite athlete and their teacher! The pupils will not only compare HR as a figure but also percentage difference so that a discussion can be formed about resting heart rate and what it means to low or high from a sporting performance point of view.

After this task pupils will be split into two teams based on resting HR. Each team will be told what the main task will be for the lesson, and that to be successful, as well as being good at Maths you also need to have good levels of fitness. Based on this information pupils will have to work out the probability of them winning the task. They will do this through a Percentage, Fraction and Odds. Once they have agreed this as a team the task will start.

For this task a list of Maths equations will be displayed on the wall at one end of the gym. These will be word equations based around sport. For example, The number of Players in a Football team x Number of teams in the Premier League.

At the other end of the gym will be a number of sheets, which will display the answers to a corresponding equation. When the task starts one person from each team must sprint to the other side of the gym via some obstacles (hurdles, press up mats, benches etc), collect a sheet and then run back to match the result to the question.

Each pupil must do this until all answer sheets have been collected. Once collected each team must then try and solve each equation. Each team must work until all these answers are matched with the correct questions. However if they identify that they are finished but in fact have a number of answers wrong, they must do a number of laps around the gym before they can change their answers. E.g., 3 answers wrong, 3 laps.

Resources Needed:

∙ Sports Hall / Gym Facility

∙ Maths Q & A Sheets

∙ Fitness Equipment (Benches/Mats/Dumbells etc)

∙ Cones

∙ Record Cards

Circuit Training (Maths)

For this lesson you will need to set up an 8 station Fitness Circuit. This could include exercises such as Press Ups, Squats, Triceps Dips, Shuttle Runs, and Lunges etc. Alternatively you can make the circuit a Skill based circuit around a specific sport.

Set up the circuit around the outside of the sports hall/gym as you will need the centre of the area free.

In the centre of the circuit put a number of Maths equations face down on the floor. The equations could be numbers based or written based and could be based around sport or general maths questions. The answers to these questions will go on the wall next to one of the exercise stations. For example next to the Press

Up station could be the number 85 (an answer to one of the questions in the centre).

During the lesson the pupils will construct their own circuit by coming into the centre of the gym after each set time period of work, picking up a Maths question and then moving onto the station which answers that question.

If you have a small group you can have multiple questions with the same answer so more than one person is working on each station. To make sure the pupils do not pick the same question twice ask each pupil to

sign the question sheet once they have answered that question. Alternatively if you have a large group, you can split the pupils into teams of 4/5. They will both exercise and answer the Maths equations in these teams (produce multiple copies of questions on different colour paper so that each team answers the same questions).

You can increase or decrease the difficulty of this lesson by adjusting the time pupil’s work and have to answer questions.

After one full Circuit, change the questions to increase the difficulty but maintain the same answers for each station. This will challenge the pupils both physically and mentally.

To relate this lesson to English instead of using Maths questions you could use questions based around language groups. For example a question could be ‘Name a Verb’, and pupils would have to go to the station which has the Verb next to it. You could also use correct ‘Spelling’ questions, correct ‘Grammar’ questions or even ‘Missing Word’ questions.

Resources Needed:

∙ Gym / Sports Hall Facility

∙ Maths / English Q & A sheets

∙ Circuit Training Equipment

Maths and PE Integration: @lovephyed Jo Bailey

Pack Math:

Got this one from an AAHPERD convention. The slides don’t format completely to google docs so if you want the full version please DM me your email on twitter or tweet me and I will send it to you. Some of the newer apps would work really well with this (educreations, showme, explain everything etc.)

Split class into teams of 3 or 4 give each team a short rope, a cone and designate a home base for each team. Spread poly spots with numbers on them (or cones with numbers on them) out all over the playing area. Use powerpoint slides/ ipad to display a formula and an associated exercise. Students must gather up the numbers to correctly complete the formula, performing exercise reps corresponding to each number they pick up. When they have got the numbers for the equation, the team runs back to their home base and knocks their cone down.

Rock Paper Scissors Maths

Quick warm up game which engages students in mental arithmetic. Split class into pairs, one on either side of playing area. Players run (or perform designated locomotor activity) into center of area, play RPS and hold out between 1 and 5 fingers. The first player to correctly add/ subtract/ multiply the numbers and call it out earns a point. Variations: use both hands to add/ subtract/ divide/ multiply; play by king of the court levels if you win, move up a level. If you lose, stay where you are UNLESS you are at the top levelif you lose here you restart from the bottom.

Nutrition Maths

Pedometer math students wear pedometers during activity. The number of steps they earn correspond to their number of calories their body needs during the day (this will of course depend on the activity you are doing, lesson length etc. My expectation during a 3040 minute activity period is normally 3000 steps. This is achievable but students will have to move purposely to meet it. Students then choose how to “spend” their calories they could do this by comparing a recent day’s food intake or by making choices and seeing if they can budget their calories appropriately. This is a great activity to do some reflection work link activity level with energy expenditure, discuss what happens if you are over or under budget.

Jumping Junk Food Challenge

On a similar theme, collect nutrition labels from a variety of different food items. Give students the following information/ instructions:

1 gram carbohydrate = 4 kcal

1 gram protein = 4 kcal

1 gram fat = 9 kcal

1. Choose a food label

2. Work out how many calories come from fat/ protein/ carbohydrate (specify one for each label)

3. Each lap of the basketball court will burn off 15 kcals (you can vary the activity here)

4. Complete enough laps to burn off the calories from fat

In addition to these there is also the opportunity to use data and statistical analysis from high profile sports that are on TV ie. NRL, Super Rugby, Netball. The other apsect of this is that not only can the students use the data that is provided on screen but they can also analyse the assumptions and comments from the commentators and experts that are provided on TV. This of course can extend beyond the subject of maths and perhaps into other subject areas. An extension of this is to use publications like Rugby League Week in the English classroom.