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27 November 2015

What an eventful year in Maths... and we've only just finished the first half term!

The year started with the Week of Inspirational Maths - five lessons planned by Dr Jo Boaler from Stanford University to teach students about the way our brains think about mathematics, how our brains grow and about their own abilities to learn and excel in mathematics. Some of the most important messages that students learned are that everyone can learn mathematics to a high level, making mistakes and struggling help you learn, and thinking carefully and deeply is more important than working quickly. Here is a video from WIM.

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World Maths Day took place the third week of October. Our students enjoyed some fun, head-to-head competition with students around the world completing mental maths exercises. The purpose of the day is for as many students around the world to be doing maths simultaneously.

Year 11 students travelled to the city on Tuesday 20th October to measure the width of the Danube River at Most SNP. They got some hands-on experience of trigonometry and came up with some pretty accurate results. Some students practised the skills they would need for the day by first using trigonometry to approximate the height of out school building.

Right after the holiday, we had a great surprise lined up for our students. The NRICH Hands-on Maths Roadshow visited our school from Cambridge, bringing a variety of problem-solving activities and games for students to try in pairs. All students from Years 3 to 9 got to visit the Roadshow in the gym on Monday the 9th or Tuesday the 10th of November. Becky Warren, the Roadshow presenter, introduced the session to students explaining that problem-solving is about Communication and Perseverance. An important message was that perseverance does not mean never giving up, but rather trying as hard as you can, and maybe putting it aside for today and trying again tomorrow.