Prep Pupils Race Ahead in Maths
Year 6 pupils swap school ties for racing silks to experience maths in action at Huntingdon Racecourse.
Year 6 pupils swapped school ties for racing silks yesterday, when they visited Huntingdon racecourse to experience maths in action. Guided by an ex-jockey, and the Clerk of the Course, children harnessed their numeracy skills to master mathematical challenges in the Weighing Room, Dressing Room, Parade Ring and stables.
The 10- and 11-year-olds learned about the important relationship between weight and performance in racing, as well as how the handicapping system works. They practised addition and subtraction working out weights and measures, and used a trundle wheel to calculate distances in the Parade Ring – establishing how many horses can safely parade at one time. Finally, the pupils examined the construction of hurdles and fences before watching jump jockeys in action and cheering the winner past the post!
More photos here.