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.
On 7 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 resource uses the size difference between these two sportsmen to explore proportional reasoning. The activity looks at similar shapes and invites students to use proportional reasoning to calculate a multiplier in order to enlarge themselves. Students look at the difference between the two fighters and are then asked to put themselves in David Haye’s shoes. If they were David Haye, what would be the measurements of Nikolai Valuev? You might decide that the students should simply measure themselves (maybe at home in preparation for the lesson) and use their own individual measurements or you might use the opportunity to create an ‘average student’ from the class and enlarge this fictional student.
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.