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A Day of Maths for Teachers and Students

On Monday the Mathematics faculty were very fortunate to have two excellent speakers join us for a day of Mathematical activities for our Year 7 – 12 students and in service training for staff.

Our students engaging with maths outside the classroom and our NEAMC team about to leave for their weekend competition.

We were lucky to have Craig Barton, widely known by Mathematics teachers in the UK for his brilliant website www.mrbartonmaths.com, and Ron Lancaster, a Senior Lecturer and Mathematics guru from the University of Toronto, in school for the day.

Students were introduced to a range of beautiful mathematical ideas including where number patterns and card tricks collide and the Year 12s discovered how mathematics can even help with dating!

The Year 12s enjoyed their session as it really demonstrated how maths applies to their everyday life, and the relevance it has outside the classroom.

One of our Year 11 students Sean Hughes, thoroughly enjoyed the Year 11 talk about mathematical puzzles:

“It was great as it really gave me a new perspective on maths – we started by looking at architecture and how maths is an important part of that. We also saw how it can be used in card tricks and the maths behind the tricks. We even looked at the speed skaters at the Winter Olympics and how maths can help us work out all the different possible outcomes of the races. It was really fun to be able to make maths more applicable to the real world.”

Whilst our students were participating in activities in the Auditorium, Mathematics staff were busy in the staffroom working on a range of topics including the advanced use of diagnostic questioning, ideas to further improve our curriculum and a chance to share our knowledge and deepen our understanding of using graphic display calculators in the classroom.

As well as all this maths on Monday, we also have a team of six students who are currently in Nanjing taking part in the North East Asian Mathematics Competition (NEAMC). Good luck to them all!

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