Last week saw the launch of mathletics 4 schools in primary schools around County Wicklow to coincide with maths week 2017. Mathletics 4 Schools is a local start up business that has developed a unique educational programme combining mathematics and athletics. The programme is based on the maths curriculum for 1st through to 6th class and is carried out in consultation with the teacher. It’s been developed by a team of experienced maths and athletics coaches. There are numerous benefits but the ultimate goal is to make maths fun and interesting. The children also get to experience numerous athletics skills including: sprinting, relays, shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump and hurdles.
The programme was successfully piloted last year in a number of schools across Wicklow and South Dublin, including St. Coens in Rathnew. Third class teacher, Lee Kavanagh, spoke enthusiastically about their experience. “I have seen an improvement in the understanding and attitude towards both maths and PE in all the children. The activities encourage teamwork and also develop communication and cooperative skills.”
The mathletics 4 schools team returned to st Coens to officially launch the programme on Wednesday the 18th of October. Other schools participating during the launch week included; Kilmacanogue national school, The Glebe Wicklow Town, Delgany national school, St. Peter’s Bray, Our Lady’s Rathdrum and Gaelscoil Na gCloch Liath in Greystones. Schools looking to avail of the Mathletics 4 Schools programme can get in contact on their Facebook page.