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Secondary Magazine - Issue 26


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Created on 15 January 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 27 April 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine Issue 26
 

Welcome to Issue 26 of the Secondary Magazine. Have you noticed that the hours of daylight are starting to increase? Although I’m still leaving home in the dark each morning and getting home in the dark at night, there is more light creeping into each day which inspires me to shake myself into shape and tackle 2009. We hope this Issue will give you some inspiration and shed some light on mathematical developments.
 

Contents

From the editor - What is Functional Mathematics?
One of the most significant changes to the 14 - 19 curriculum this millennium, will be the introduction of Functional Skills. In this article we look at Functional Mathematics and consider how we need to respond to this change in our classrooms.
 

Up2d8 maths
The Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. On 7 February the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off with England playing Italy. This fortnight's Up2d8 Maths uses the Rugby Union scoring system as the context for students to investigate number patterns 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 - Celia Hoyles
We are fortunate in this issue to have an interview with Celia who is currently the director of the NCETM and has also held the prestigious title of the ‘Government’s Chief Adviser for Mathematics’. This interview will give you an insight into the way Celia thinks about mathematics and the pleasure it gives her.
 
Focus on...the cycloid
Cycloids are generated by moving images and contain some fascinating mathematics. Try and visualize a cycloid before reading some of the facts.
 
An idea for the classroom - World Class Arena
As the new QCA Key Stage 3 Programme of Study is embedding into the Year 7 curriculum you may want to consider the opportunities offered by the World Class Tests and the associated on-line resources.
 
5 things to do this fortnight
Our 5 topical things to do include some CPD opportunities in the form of an external course and ideas for changes to your classroom practice alongside a good excuse to watch the cricket! And have you done anything to mark Darwin’s 200th birthday? Here’s a suggestion.
 
Diary of a subject leader
Real issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader  
How do you cater for the needs of Gifted and Talented students in your department? This week our Subject Leader contrasts the ‘one off’ events with possible ongoing curriculum provision to create a meaningful experience for Gifted and Talented students.
 
 
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