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Secondary Magazine - Issue 25

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Created on 06 January 2009 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 25

Welcome to Issue 25 of the Secondary Magazine. With the new year underway it is time to stop making resolutions and get active! We hope this issue will give you some mathematical inspiration to turn some of those resolutions into a reality. Very best wishes for 2009 to you all.


From the editor - Is gender a barrier to achievement in mathematics?
In the week of the birthday of Sonya Kovalevsky, we consider whether gender stereotypes are barriers to success in 21st Century Britain and 19th Century Russia.

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. This week sees history made as Barack Obama is inaugurated as the President of the United States of America, so this Up2d8 Maths resource uses the context of the US election. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the implications of the choice of electoral process on the outcome of the election, accessing the Key Processes from the mathematics Programme of Study.

The interview - Bernd Eggen
We are told not to shoot the messenger! This week’s interviewee works for the Met Office and belongs to a group of people who are investigating our ever-changing climate. Bernd himself is a Climate Change Consultant/Climate Science Advisor and tells us how mathematics impacts on his life and work.
Focus on...the sphere
There is something very satisfying about a perfect sphere; its symmetrical properties make it the focus of many sporting activities. Read on to discover some of the mathematical properties of the sphere.
An idea for the classroom - constructions
Do we put too much emphasis on the mechanical process of constructions and forget to talk about their uses? These resources encourage pupils to use the language of constructions as part of their revision.
5 things to do this fortnight
As we put the holidays behind us, here are some mathematical and recreational things, to plan and do, to enrich 2009 for you and your pupils.
Diary of a subject leader
Real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader  
As the implications of the introduction of Functional Skills begin to be considered in schools, our subject leader starts to share an understanding of the Functional Skills agenda with others in the department.
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