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Secondary Magazine - Issue 44: Up2d8 maths


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Secondary Magazine Issue 44pumpkin
 

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.

Wikipedia says ‘A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. At night a light is placed inside to illuminate the effect. The term is not particularly common outside North America, although the practice of carving lanterns for Halloween is.’

Giant pumpkin-growing competitions are common in the USA with some competitions awarding up to $6 per pound for the winning pumpkin! The activity explores the impact of enlargement on volume. Students are introduced to a pumpkin which broke the world record and are then shown a recipe which feeds six people. Students will first need to decide whether to work in imperial or metric units and are then asked to consider how big the world record pumpkin might be. If possible it would be useful to have a normal-sized pumpkin to hand to allow them to measure circumference and diameter etc.

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.


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