Pontefract Racecourse ‘Maths in Action’
Our ‘Maths in Action’ day at Pontefract Racecourse is racing’s education programme offered to schoolchildren, delivered at racecourses, trainers’ yards and studs across Great Britain. The practical, lively approach to learning enriches a range of National Curriculum subjects, sparks interest in the sport of horseracing and opens minds to the many different career opportunities within the industry. The context of racing offers many opportunities for exploring school subjects in a practical way. From weights and measures and the handicapping system in the Weighing Room, to the geometry in the construction of fences, to the art and symmetry used in jockeys silks, to the science of jockey nutrition. Few other settings could offer children and young people so many exciting ways of practising their school subjects and applying them to real life settings. Racing is a vibrant, colourful experience offering a multi-sensory learning opportunity. From hearing the thunder of the hooves, to seeing the designs and colours of racing silks to smelling the freshly mown grass, every aspect enhances the quality of the children’s learning. The programme offers unique behind the scenes access, making the learning experience a special one which the children want to engage in. Most pupils have never been racing prior to their Racing to School day so the experience catches their attention, inspires them to want to understand more and increases the likelihood of them absorbing and retaining what they have learnt.
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