Play is the most authentic context in which children learn. Meanwhile, maths anxiety and general disengagement is a global issue.
In 2023, Maths Play has been researching how dedicated time for maths play, in conjunction with other pedagogical approaches (including playful explicit teaching), supports the development of mathematical proficiency and confidence.
An underpinning question throughout this project is: What makes maths experience positive, playful and powerful?
Positive - How do they engage, include, involve and all learners and challenge existing stereotypes and myths about mathematical success?
Playful - What features of play are present? E.g. Individual and collective agency, creativity, observation, questions, experimentation, reasoning and critical thinking.
Powerful - How do these activities foster number sense and mathematical proficiency? How do they transform the general maths experience and help people discover and build their mathematical powers?