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Conwy Project Summary

The Denbighshire Paul Hamlyn Foundation Pilot Programmes were structured to appeal to both adults and children as a vehicle to enjoy participating in mathematical activities. The aim was to encourage parents/carers to engage with their children and to also enhance their own skills in order to feel confident.

The activities aimed to be both adult and child friendly so that results and outcomes could be achieved quickly. Significantly, the focus was on money, spending and incorporating mathematical concepts creatively; plus using applications on mini i-pads.

The flipped classroom approach worked extremely well and enabled all learners to utilise a variety of resources that were provided. Most pleasing of all was the generous feedback from both adults and children which was documented in their own individual Learner Journal. It would seem that from the views of both the adults and the children that what they enjoyed the most was... Working together!


Outcomes

For learners

  • Both children and parents and carers gained confidence in their maths skills. Children made considerable progress over the duration of the course, increasing their confidence to support each other when participating in the activities.
  • Giving the children a learning journal gave them the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and increase their independence.
  • As their confidence in their own maths skills increased, parents and carers became more likely to support their children with their homework. This was helped by their increased understanding of the level their children were working at in school.
  • The programme gave parents and carers ideas for maths activities that they could continue to do with their children at home. In particular, they realised the importance of using a practical, hands-on approach to learning maths.

For tutors

  • Using a blended learning approach was a relatively new experience for the tutors, and provided an opportunity for them to develop their professional practice. They improved their skills in using technology to deliver Family Learning.
  • The tutors gained a new job satisfaction from seeing parents/carers and children enjoying the maths activities and working together so effectively.

For Coleg Llandrillo and HWB Dinbych

  • The success and value of the pilot programme was recognised by staff at HWB Dinbych who are keen to build on this in their future work. They are looking at ways of running a similar programme during future school holidays. This would both raise the profile of the HWB Dinbych centre and widen the Family Learning offer for the local community.

Case Study

Coleg Llandrillo, Conwy

The aim of Coleg Llandrillo’s Family Numeracy programme was to work with community organisations to recruit and support families with low literacy and numeracy levels to develop their confidence in maths. The programme was delivered in HWB Dinbych, a centre which provides a range of support and educational opportunities to young people in Denbigh.