Using dance to teach maths is great for KS1 and KS2 children. We physically use our bodies to talk about numbers, which makes it easier for children to visualise.
For example by getting into groups of different sizes, we can then add and subtract bodies to increase or decrease the group size.
This is a simple way of showing this equation and there are many more dance exercises/games that we do during the dance workshops.
We also use language such as increase, decrease, rotation, spiral, add, subtract, multiply etc which gets the younger students familiar to mathematical language and their meanings.
There’s some really great street dance style music which we use for maths dance workshops. It has lyrics all about times tables and adding and subtracting body parts. Children really relate to it as it has a cool hip hop vibe.
So using dance to teach maths might at first seem a bit abstract. But our aim is to give the students a new confidence in maths, and to raise their understanding whilst having lots of fun.
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