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Secondary Magazine - Issue 37: Up2d8 maths

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Secondary Magazine Issue 37crop circle

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 which you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners.

A huge jellyfish shape recently appeared in a field of crops in Oxfordshire – who did it and how did they do it? This Up2d8 resource uses the context of crop circles to explore geometric reasoning and construction on a grand scale.

Students are introduced to the appearance of crop circles through the news story about the jellyfish that appeared in the Oxfordshire field. Using this context, it is possible for students to engage in a range of practical construction activities on paper, in your classroom or on your school field. 

This resource is not year group specific and so will need to be read through and possibly adapted before use. The way in which 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.

Download this Up2d8 maths resource - in PowerPoint format.

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15 July 2009 09:51
I don't know about the practicalities either, but what a great idea qubiq!
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14 July 2009 22:24
A random thought, but could one make the crop circles idea an even more compelling learning experience with a very large sheet of cress seedlings? Perhaps the prize for the best design could be to 'trash' the crop? No idea how practical this would be to grow.
By qubiq
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