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Secondary Magazine - Issue 29: Up2d8 maths


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Secondary Magazine Issue 29
 

Up2d8 maths

The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The resource is not intended to be a set of instructions but rather a framework you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners.

A fossil has been found in Colombia which is a vertebra from a Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Scientists have been able to use known relationships between the vertebrae and the length and weight of living snakes to estimate that this snake would have been 13 metres long and weighed over 1.3 tons. This activity allows pupils to gain an awareness of how mathematics can help palaeontologists to interpret such discoveries.

Pupils are invited to collect data about the lengths of arms and hands in human beings to investigate proportional relationships. From this they will gain an awareness of how the palaeontologists used knowledge of existing relationships between the vertebrae and length of living snakes to determine the length (and weight) of the snake whose fossilised vertebra has been discovered.

This resource is not year group specific and so will need to be read through and possibly adapted before use. The way you choose to use the resource will enable your learners to access some of the Key Processes from the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.

Click here to download the Up2d8 maths resource - in PowerPoint format.
 

 
 
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