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Secondary Magazine - Issue 21

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Created on 16 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 27 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine Issue 21

Welcome to Issue 21 of the Secondary Magazine. As some of us are enjoying a long-awaited half-term break this week, you may have a chance to appreciate the fabulous colours of the autumn leaves but in between times you may find something here to interest your mathematical mind. You will notice this Issue is the first in a slightly new format – we hope you will continue to find it a stimulating and useful resource.


From the editor – the life and work of Evariste Galois
As Evariste Galois was born on 25 October 1811, it seems appropriate to focus on some of the events in his short, turbulent life and his contributions to mathematics.
Up2d8 maths NEW!
The Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. This Up2d8 Maths uses the context of bonfire night. Students are asked to consider the planning of a firework display and, in doing so, have the opportunity to access both the Key Processes and range and content from the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.
The interview
John Bean, a consultant for PFEG (Personal Finance Education Group), gives a personal perspective on his use and appreciation of mathematics in the context of his work in helping young people to acquire confidence, skills and knowledge in financial matters to take part fully in society.
Focus on trigonometry
The ‘Focus on ‘series aims to give a range of perspectives, opinions and facts on a mathematical topic. In this Issue the Focus is on trigonometry and features a historical insight, mnemonics to aid recall and consideration of what it means to understand trigonometry rather than just recall the processes.
An idea for the classroom
Durham Maths Mysteries - “Putting a little mystery into mathematics”
If you are looking for a resource to promote reasoning and discussion in your classroom, these mysteries would be worth considering - they have all provoked some lively responses from learners.
5 things to do
A good way to stay ‘ahead of the game’ is to keep in touch with our ‘5 things to do’ which draw your attention to some topical tasks to further your professional life and stay stress free.
Diary of a subject leader
Real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader  
This week our subject leader is talking about the issue of intervention in his school. He considers the benefits of and strategies for ‘in class’ intervention alongside the additional opportunities staff provide for pupils.
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10 December 2008 14:02
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13 November 2008 20:59
Really like the PDF format. Would like to be able to 'subscribe' to the magazine ie have a pdf or a download link drop into my inbox every time a new issue comes out. I know I should check for it every time I am on the portal but I forget !
By patmorton
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02 November 2008 15:31
This seems much easier to navigate around.
It is nice to have the option to download as a pdf
What do other people think?
By mathsmate
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