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.
Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, is never far from the sports pages. Having already achieved legendary status for the enormity of the winning margins at the Beijing Olympics, Bolt broke both of his own world records at the World Championships in Berlin. He says that he is aiming to run the 100m in 9.4 seconds.
The suggested task is based around exploring the biomechanical analysis from the 100m, 200m and 400m finals in the World Athletics Championships, along with world records for other distances. Is Bolt’s target of 9.4 seconds attainable – after all, he ran the second half of the 200m in 9.27 seconds? Students are first asked to calculate the average speed for each event and are then asked to use the analyses to decide on a distance that would give the highest average speed and to justify their decision.
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 the Up2d8 Maths resource - in PowerPoint format.