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Secondary Magazine - Issue 46

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Created on 20 October 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 12 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator

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Welcome to Issue 46 of the Secondary Magazine. So we begin the countdown to Christmas – lights have been turned on and the shops are full of glittery merchandise. Before you get totally engulfed in Christmas preparations – we hope this Issue will divert your attention towards mathematics.


From the editor - What does it mean to be functional in mathematics?
Now that pupils no longer need to get a functional skills qualification to get their GCSE, why should we be concerned with functional mathematics? What does being functional in mathematics actually mean – have you got a mental picture? Perhaps this article will provoke some thinking about functionality.
Up2d8 Maths - Hayemaker
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. On 7th November 2009 British heavyweight boxer David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye fought Nikolai ‘Beast from the East’ Valuev. Promoted as David vs Goliath since, despite being an impressive 6ft 2in tall, Haye was dwarfed by his opponent! Valuev’s measurements are enough to strike fear into most people – he is 7ft 2in tall, weighing 23st with a 52in chest! This Up2d8 resource uses the size difference between these two sportsmen to explore proportional reasoning.
The interview - Andrew Young
Andrew is part of the portal team at the NCETM, loves music and mathematical cats.
Focus on - Conic Sections
Both Euclid and Archimedes are known to have studied conic sections, but the first work to explore them is thought to have been carried out by another ancient Greek mathematician, Menaechmus. Read more about the circle, parabola, hyperbola and ellipse here.
An idea for the classroom - cre8ate Maths
cre8ate Maths is a CPD project for teachers in Yorkshire and Humberside who are developing and testing new curriculum materials at Key Stage 3. The resources they have produced are well worth a look.
5 things to do this fortnight
Have you been to see a maths stand-up comedian? That is a must for this fortnight.
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional subject leader
In this Issue our subject leader muses on the differences between his Year 10 and Year 11 groups and the quality of teaching and learning in his classroom.
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