A primary school teacher has found an ingenious way to make maths class extra fun.

Lucy Bate, of Delamere Academy in Tarporley, Cheshire, has added a special tool to her lesson plan – and it’s a bit more interesting than a calculator.

The creative key stage two teacher has been making the most of the good weather and taking class outside, using a drone to capture the imagination of her maths pupils.

Heading out to the school’s playing fields, the class has been learning their times tables by arranging themselves into different number formations while the drone captures the scene from the air.



Teacher Lucy Bate
Teacher Lucy Bate

Lucy said: “It’s important to have a creative approach to teaching and make lessons as fun as possible, as these are likely some of the most memorable moments of school life for children.

“Using technology is a really easy way to capture children’s interest, because they can relate to it.

“The drone is a useful tool for learning because it instantly engages all of the children. As soon as I mentioned we would go outside and use the drone their faces absolutely lit up.

“I’ve used the drone once before during a trip up Eddisbury Hill for a history topic in which we were studying hill forts from the Bronze Age and that was a big success too.

“I’ll use it again, and always be looking for more creative and engaging ways I can incorporate technology into my teaching.”



Footage of the maths class taken with the drone
Footage of the maths class taken with the drone

Talking about the unique teaching style, head of school, Julie Clayton, said: “I love Lucy’s idea of using a drone to capture the children’s imaginations – it’s exactly the type of out-of-the-box thinking I support at all our schools.

“I’m not surprised it had the desired effect – engaging them completely in a maths lesson.

“We ensure all our schools are forward-thinking, adopt the highest possible standards and open children’s eyes to a world of possibility.”

Delamere Academy, rated outstanding by Ofsted, is part of the North West Academies Trust (NWAT) which runs several schools across Cheshire and Shropshire.





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