Numeracy in PE and tech to help 1

I have been looking at how to impact on numeracy for a while, it has always struck me as something that needs to be supported outside of the maths classroom to enable students to see the relevance of it in their lives.  Once you crack that then the learning should be fairly straight forward.

In PE there is a great amount of maths as there is statistics in nearly all activities, scoring, success rates, distance, time, angles etc etc etc.

I have tried to look at a few examples from a range of activities to get peole thinking about the opportunities available.

The main point is to keep PE and physical activity at the heart of the session and to use the numeracy to support it.

I have even created how to videos that can be used in sessions to support students and access to these is via augmented reality using the Layar app.  To take a look use the Layar app and scan the image below.

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Numeracy in PE

Team games

Shot, pass accuracy, (percentages). Students can look at what they are doing in games, if rotating teams get the team that is off to keep track of shots, passes, tackles etc.  as part of a homework project they could then do a statistical analysis of the teams performance.  They could then use this as a measure to improve on in future sessions.

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In basketball look at angles of body position in shooting.  Using analysis app to look at the angles, is there a perfect angle, how might we compare.  Can also look at angle of release when shooting.

Racquet games,

angles, speed, distance, multiplication, scoring. Ubersense

Again using analysis apps you can look at speed by breaking down the frames.  Burst mode is a good app for this.  Lots of angles work can be done in racquet sports, ideal angles to play shots.  Possibility to look at Pythagoras and trigonometry!

Points scoring.  Create games that have different scoring systems.  Look at algebra, points scored on serve are x, points scored with volley are y, points scored from baseline are z.  Keep a tally and then work out score if x=3 y=4 z=5.

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Distance, timing, compare, data, really easy to look at data collection, comparison etc.  use of spreadsheet to record personal data and look at personal bests.  Measurement if field events looking at distance, conversions to different measurements, i.e. meters, yards, centimetres, inches etc.  looks at multiplication.

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Look at elite times, work out percentage difference between students and elite athletes.

estimates. Eg u run 100m in this time, how long will it take you to run 400m

Striking and fielding

Scoring, space, angles, distance,

Similar ideas to those already mentioned, can do lots of data collection that then leads to percentages, also a good way to look at algebra in a similar method to the racquets idea above.


How much weight is lifted over a period of time? In comparison how long would it take to lift equivalent of ……..?

If you are doing any fitness sessions and an element of testing is taking place you will build up a whole load of statistics that could be analysed.

When doing the 12 minute cooper test you could set out an area and get students working out the distance covered by looking at the laps completed and the distance per lap.  they could even start to look at average speed etc.



Maps, orienteering, QR codes, distance, time, space.  Ideas used by @peeducator

Learning through PE

Within maths how can sport help?

Lends itself to lots of project based studies that involve sports at the heart.  Would be engaging for sporty children as it is based around their interest.

Problems that could be set in tutor time or on a maths wall where answers could be emailed in.  I am going to start ths after half term so will put some info on successes and issues after then.


How far does a cyclist travel in the Tour de France?  What’s the rate of decent?  Average speed? Rotations of the wheel? calories burnt?

How many hours does it take to become an elite athlete, hours per day, per month etc


Distance covered in a career for Usain Bolt?

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Angle of javelin release? High jump, how high do they jump compared to height? Angle of jump in relation to bar, ideal angle, does it change per height of athlete?


Look at the angles, distance etc covered in penalties.  Use pictures as a stimulus to get students applying Pythagoras and trigonometry

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Use of apps to impact on this,

Dartfish tag,

Coachnote, good for drawing out activities to then explore space, angles etc

Numbers (google docs) data collection and comparison.

Analysis apps (Ubersense, Coaches eye, Dartfish express).

Fitness specific apps, bleep test, fitness pro. (Both good for data collection)

I have created an iBook that shows how apps can be used to support numeracy outside of maths.

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