Keeping the Learning Going in Maths


James Donovan
Keeping the Learning Going in Maths
During this difficult time, it has been great to see so much learning continuing in Maths.
By continuing with routines, it is giving all students consistency and purpose in their day today lives. In the situation we are currently in, continuing in a supportive structure not only keeps the brain active and the learning progressing, but can also contribute to a more positive sense of wellbeing.
Examples of work students are doing are:
Dr Frost Maths- Mr Kasza and Miss Samuels-Redhead have set work on this and there is a leaderboard of work completed. Students and parents are getting feedback on progress made.
MyMaths- Mr Varsani, Miss Timmons and Mr Donovan are setting Year 12 work which will develop their skills in new topics. This will be complemented with links to Examsolutions videos. Mr Searle, Mrs Selliah and Mrs Ahmed have been setting tasks, including work on probability, money and time.
Google Classroom- Miss Wells, Mr Appiah and Mrs Brown have been using Google Classroom. This is a platform which allows student and teacher to share feedback and monitor the work effectively.  Students are also emailed to give praise and encouragement if some work still needs to be done.
CorbettMaths- Mr Donovan has set tasks for 11.1 on Further Maths topics. This is also being shared with all Year 11 students intending on doing A level as important preparation.
Mrs Brown has also prepared tasks to prepare Year 11 students in their preparation for Core Maths.
In this period, there is also a great need for Enrichment. As well as Dr Frost Maths, which has a large bank of puzzles from the UK Mathematics Trust, there are opportunities for further exploration of Maths and appreciating how stimulating and fascinating it truly is.
Please see below the challenge set by Nathan in Year 11.

Which numbers can you see?

Here is the link to the website: https://www.mentalup.co/blog/brain-teasers-2

Some really interesting videos on Maths can be found on Numberphile (A YouTube channel).

An interesting investigation relates to the following sequence:

To get the next number, if the number is even then divide by 2. If the number is odd then multiply by 3 and add 1.

Try it for this sequence:    20, 10, 5, 16, 8………… What happens?

Does this happen regardless of which number you start with?

This is called the Collatz Conjecture and is an unsolved problem in Maths.

If any student has any interesting Maths articles, puzzles or investigations they want to share, please email me, as well as your teacher.

There is so much learning continuing in Maths. As a student or parent, please do not hesitate to contact your teachers for advice.

Kind regards to you all at this difficult time.

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