Firstly, the students are learning about fractions, ratios, percentages and decimals (in tandem). This involves have a solid understanding of each concept and their relation with one another, e.g. that 0.5 = 1:2 = 1/2 = 50%. This applies for every common fraction, as well as irregular ones.
They will then learn how to calculate any of these from 2 sets of numbers – understanding what it is that they are calculating, and why, and what this result would look like as a percentage, ratio, etc.
After that, the students will then carry out an indepth comparative analysis of the planets eitherside of the one that they studied about, comparing size, distance, temperatures, gravity, density, mass, and so on.
This is just one example of Pear Tree’s progressive approach to math and its application in project-based and theme-based learning.