A rapper and beatboxer Ed Holden (a.k.a Mr Phormula) has been working with Year 7 pupils in Connah’s Quay High School near Deeside to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics.
Covering everything from area to angles, Ed worked with teachers from the school to cover topics within the mathematics syllabus.
By creatively learning through writing and recording raps about maths, before working with two other tutors to introduce dance and combining it all into a music video, the project introduced modern concepts to traditional learning in an attempt to help pupils learn the subject matter.
Ed said: "By learning about the different aspects of maths through rap and beatboxing, the students are both engaging with the subject and remembering the material. This type of teaching has a ‘cool’ factor for them, which has really sparked their interest. This an innovative and creative teaching method, as they have to learn about the subject to get content and ideas for the rap lyrics – as if they are creating a narrative around the subject."
Conna's Quay High School learning creatively
Connah’s Quay High School chose to become involved with the Lead Creative Schools scheme because the staff recognised the powerful role creativity can play as a learning and teaching resource.
Amanda Creevy of Connah’s Quay High School: said, "Without the funding through this scheme, we wouldn’t have been able to access Ed’s creative talent and develop this kind of creative learning for our students. We have seen the tremendous impact that introducing an element of creativity has had on learning and learning engagement.
"The students have been exposed to learning in a different way, which has increased their engagement. Exposing staff to a Creative Practitioner, has encouraged them to incorporate creativity into their practice and future lesson planning. It has been a fantastic experience, and we have already recommended the scheme to other schools."