Maths in the real world

The Discover Maths programme has been devised to enable students to gain a better understanding of how maths in the classroom links to maths in the real world. Throughout the year students visit a range of settings to see how maths is applied on a day-to-day basis. The activity days offer plenty of opportunities to reflect on the maths observed, to consider future career options and to build confidence.

We are excited to be bringing back the Discover Maths programme from January 2023.

"Amy has been really interested in maths in the real world and we have talked about this at home. She has got a renewed energy for maths."

Parent feedback 2019

Student Story

John was at risk of exclusion, but family support for Discover Maths helped him to succeed.

John was very withdrawn at the students’ meeting and decided not to take part in the programme. His mother was keen that he should take the opportunity and, following encouragement from the school, he decided to have a go…

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“I have seen a big increase in the confidence of the students when dealing with unfamiliar people, environments and food! They have been exposed to situations they would not have normally encountered.”

Student feedback 2019

“So much to see and do – the activities gave us a different perspective of engineering and maths.”

"It is fantastic to see maths woven seamlessly into the day in such a way. Students engage in a huge amount of maths they would have seen in class, but now this is reinforced in the context of Bristol and engineering."

Teacher feedback following Underfall Yard visit 2019

Previous activities have included

  • Student meeting
  • Parent meeting
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge visit
  • University of Gloucestershire visit
  • South Bristol Skills Academy cooking day
  • Aerospace visit

...and more

  • Coutts Bank visit
  • Underfall Yard engineering day
  • Science Park visit
  • Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Celebration Event