Wild math and science textbooks could be made into science curriculum
The UK government is considering the use of Wild math textbooks to teach science subjects in schools.
Wild math is a new method for teaching maths and science in which children use digital devices to simulate mathematical functions, such as adding, subtracting and multiplying, in the hope of producing more accurate results.
The aim is to teach kids how to solve problems with maths skills that are more useful to them and their teachers, and to help them develop critical thinking skills, the UK Government said.
The Wild math curriculum, set to be rolled out over the next two years, is intended to be used by teachers as part of their curriculum of instruction.
Wild mathematics is an approach to maths that involves using mathematical symbols in a digital way that makes it possible to generate mathematical solutions to mathematical problems.
The method has been used by researchers around the world to help children learn mathematical concepts.
Currently, many children’s maths textbooks include elements like ‘logarithms’, ‘square roots’ and ‘addition’, but the Wild Math curriculum would replace these with the ability to solve mathematical problems using the tools of maths, such a the smartphone.
Wild math is the result of a collaboration between the UK government, the University of Cambridge, the British Council, the Department for Education and the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham.
The initiative has been backed by the UK Science Foundation, which has funded the project.
Students using the Wild math program will learn how to use maths devices, from how to do multiplication and division, to how to perform logarithmic operations and even how to calculate the square root of something.
“Our aim is that the Wild maths curriculum will be taught by teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as by the wider community, and we are confident that it will teach kids a broad range of maths skills,” said the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
British children already enjoy a good range of academic subjects, with an emphasis on English and maths.
The Wild math approach could bring even more of an emphasis to those subjects in the UK, with schools already introducing maths to the curriculum.
Earlier this month, the Government announced that the number of pupils in secondary schools who did not have access to the WildMath curriculum had risen by 10 per cent since 2012.