Using Lego to teach more than just Building

An independent school in Birchfield has started using Lego in order to teach mathematics to its 5 year old students. Lego itself, the Danish company has launched a new product designed to help teachers encourage mathematics in younger children.

lego rbKnown as MoreToMaths, it allows teachers to concentrate on the learning process of mathematics, helping children learn through play. Birchfield’s Headteacher, Hugh Myott, had this to say on the new campaign;

 “We’ve got to prepare young people for living in the 21st century, and we’ve got to get them thinking from a very young age…Children are exposed to so much technology that they need something extra and we need to be ready to provide that.”

There has to be a balance between giving your children as much information and opportunities to learn at a young age as possible, and allowing them to be children and have fun. As is often the case in schools, there is a lot of pressure on young children to pick up new abilities quickly.

Often the jump between nursery and reception or reception and year one can be quite frightening, you were playing in the sand and finger painting and napping and all of a sudden you are expected to learn the alphabet, how to hold a pen and eventually write your own name. It may not seem like much but it is a frightening prospect for some children, so MoreToMaths could be a welcome change from the day-to-day lessons seen in modern schools.

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