Who We Are

The concept of BushMaths is to create opportunities for learners and teachers to learn more about the distinctive nature of mathematics, and the beauty and simplicity thereof, combined with a bush experience where possible to improve their awareness and knowledge of conserving our unique environment.

The central teaching and learning approach of BushMaths is based on getting participants to understand the notation and terminology of mathematics concepts they work with at school and to equip participants with the necessary understanding and thinking skills to liberate them from needing to memorise pages of rules and laws. While there are a number of mathematical conventions that we need to know, mastering the meaning of these conventions, terminology and notation builds a stronger foundation than memorising rules. This in turn often builds one’s confidence, enjoyment of and performance in mathematics. Being able to offer this to participants in a bush context can also lead to a more positive attitude towards the subject and conservation.
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Meet Dr. Hannah Barnes

Hi, I am Hannah and I live and work in the bush and teach maths. Hence BushMaths was born. I have been teaching maths for 25 years and still enjoy this learning process. Come and join me. 

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4 weeks ago

BushMaths

In the Foundation phase the focus is on counting rather than calculating. But as learners progress to the Intermediate Phase, the focus should shift to calculating more efficiently without having to count every object. For example in this photo of the Red Lechwe a learner in Grade 4 should be able to:
a) have some idea of the number of Lechwe by just looking at the photo (a feeling for numbers)
b) be able to make a rather accurate estimate by counting the Lechwe on one side and doubling that amount rather than counting all of them.
c) be able to count in groups of two or more rather than counting single objects
Contact us for more information on developing a feeling for maths early in learners.
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1 month ago

BushMaths

We recently presented our annual maths camp where we hosted our top 15 educators as a reward for their dedication to the capacity building programme for educators.

We spent the weekend at the South African Wildlife College where Dr Hannah Barnes from BushMaths presented workshops on fractions and they also got to go on multiple game drives during their stay.

It was a wonderful weekend and a great way to conclude this year's workshops. We look forward to more successful capacity building next year!

Thank you Sabrina Chielens for the photos.
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1 month ago

BushMaths

What a great weekend with this special group of people. This was our third annual BushMaths camp for Eco Children's Maths Capacity Building programme for Intermediate phase. A mix of maths and bush fun! Thank you Ecochildren for providing the 15 top attending teachers with this weekend at the South African Wildlife College. And thank you to The ukuqonda institute for donating the fractions booklets we used at the camp. ...

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