Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum

Maths Trail

Practical maths outside the classroom for KS1, KS2 or KS3.A teacher with children measuring the girth of a tree

The day starts with an introduction, discussing why maths is important and its relevance to the Botanic Garden. For Year 5/6 groups and KS3 the Fibonacci series is also looked at and its appearance in nature.

Children follow a trail around the Garden in small groups to complete differentiated practical activities, with an accompanying worksheet.

A range of maths topics are included: number, area, symmetry, size, measurement, data handling, estimation, shape, time, direction and number patterns.

All activities are hands-on and use a variety of subjects, including plants, buildings, a pond, garden ornaments and the Garden layout. All the maths equipment needed to complete the activities is provided.

Extension activities are available. 

A member of our staff is available to introduce your pupils to the Botanic Garden and the maths activities, and to provide support throughout the day.

  • Availability: All year
  • Age Groups: KS1, KS2, KS3
  • Numbers: One /two/ three classes 
  • Duration: Up to a full day depending on how many activities are chosen
  • Cost: Please visit our programme costs page
  • Alternative option: A half-day version of this programme is available for one / two classes and can be combined with a half-day programme on Islamic art or other activities. Please contact us to check what is available.

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