Gardening and numbers
Who is this course for?
Gardening and Numbers
You may already do lots of gardening, but have you ever thought how much maths there is in planning your season or planting seeds and transplants? You don’t have to know how to garden to come on the course.
“Gardening and Numbers” is a course designed to build confidence in maths. It is focused on practical activities. The course will be delivered at the Okehampton Community Garden where they will appreciate the practical skills you bring to the course. As you work on practical activities, your maths tutor will come alongside and help you identify the maths you already use, probably even without thinking about it.
You will be sowing seeds indoors and outdoors, pricking out seedlings and transplanting plants, working out a planting diary, and possibly one or two other tasks to be confirmed by the community garden. During the course you will watch demonstrations to increase your experience and understanding, and carry out practical tasks.
Support and feedback
Feedback from the tutor, and discussions with other class members.
Additional costs and requirements
You need wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirt on and strong footwear (no sandals or flipflops).
You might find it useful to bring something to take notes.
There are no additional costs.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
No although your tutor may suggest things you could do at home if you wish. It would be advantageous to practice between sessions, and the tutor may send you emails for you to respond to.
About the tutor
John Austen works as an Area Tutor (Maths) for Learn Devon and is based in West Devon. Prior to this his posts have included school teacher, literacy/numeracy tutor, management training consultant and Skills for Life numeracy tutor – amounting to over 40 years experience in education.
John has Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) in maths and arts. He also plays guitar in local bands – along with maths music is another passion.
“I like teaching, it is great when you see the learner understand and then look to progress further”
John Austen, Area Tutor