The project “Maths is everywhere – Mathematical Journey through Europe” is addressed to primary school pupils and aims to investigate how mathematics is involved in every school subject and how pupils can learn about different European countries through mathematics, a basic school subject. Teaching and learning mathematics has a wide range of different aspects. With this project we intend to find new approaches to learn and teach mathematics. We also intend to find new means of motivation as well for the teachers as for the pupils.
Six European primary schools from Poland, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Turkey and Finland will carry out activities which will examine the two following themes :
1. Mathematics as part of every school subject.
Activities and exercises prepared for learning maths through history, crafts-art, architecture-art, physical education (P.E.), music-drama and biology-geography-science.
2. Studying partner countries through mathematics.
Each school will produce a video to present their own country through a mathematical point of view. There will be a joint end product: a travelling doll. Each country will have their own doll travelling from country to country and gathering information and experiences that will be shared in each partner school.
The themes of the project will be dealt with different activities. Some activities are carried out in the partner schools during the school years and some will be carried out in workshops taking place in the partner schools at the same time than the project meetings. Each school will have an enhanced portfolio through these activities carried out during the project – an electronic pedagogical guide book.
The main pedagogical aims are:
- widening the maths teaching repertoire,
- solving together maths problems related to issues concerning each partner country,
- analyzing and finding mathematical elements in different school subjects,
- developing pupils’mathematical creativity through specific didactical games and activities,
- developing pupil’s and teachers’abilities in the use of new technologies and exchanging mathematical activities,
- developing new teaching methods and didactical strategies, encouraging the participation, the communication, the intercultural knowledge among pupils and the teachers involved in the project.
During the project there will be six project meetings, one in each participating school. In these meetings the themes of the project will be discussed, activities will be presented and the evaluation of the project will be held. Simultaneously to these project meetings workshops for the pupils and teachers will be held. Working together with teachers and pupils from different partner countries brings a strong experience value to the project.