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Secondary Magazine - Issue 30

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Created on 19 March 2009 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 30

Welcome to Issue 30 of the Secondary Magazine. Now that the clocks have gone forward and British Summer Time has started, it really feels that spring is in the air. That also means that our GCSE countdown is close to running out. Don’t run out of steam yourself; enjoy the Easter break and take some time out to read this latest issue.


From the editor - Mathematics and science
How do you work with colleagues in the science department in your school? In this article, we consider how to respond to a request from the science department to enhance pupil understanding in both mathematics and science.

Up2d8 maths
The fortnightly Up2d8 maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The back pages seem to show a constant stream of Premiership managers coming and going, sometimes after just a few months in charge. This resource uses the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, the ex-Chelsea manager, as a context for students to explore the way that data can be manipulated and interpreted.

The interview - Vic Ebdon
Vic describes how his role as Head of Strategic Planning in a Local Authority is dependent on the mathematics that underpins much of his thinking.
Focus on...Polygons
Being aware of polygons, their structure and their properties will improve our understanding and awareness of our environment. Have a look at some of the interactive tools or remind yourself of the ‘dead parrot’ joke in this issue.
An idea for the classroom - Dominos
Playing dominos is having a comeback – especially in mathematics classrooms! Have a look at this week’s resource which gives links to the excellent Tarsia software which allows you to create your own dominoes, and also provides an idea to extend pupil thinking.
5 things to do this fortnight
Getting ready for the Grand National? Planning your Easter break? There are some ideas here to help you plan ahead.
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional Subject Leader
How do you assess your pupils? Why do you assess your pupils? What information does the assessment give you? What do you do with that assessment information? In this issue, our Subject Leader considers these questions to make sense of the new APP guidelines for mathematics.
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