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Secondary Magazine - Issue 48: Up2d8 maths

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Created on 24 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 December 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine Issue 48pile of CDs - photograph by Maciej Blizinsk

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.

The news has been full of the enormous £90 million Euromillions lottery win which was shared between a syndicate of IT workers in Liverpool and a couple from South Wales. ‘What could you buy with all that money?’ is a question that has been on many people’s lips. This resource looks at one way that you might like to spend the money – by buying every CD, DVD and game on amazon.co.uk! Will you have enough?!

The activity poses a simple problem for students to solve and allows them the freedom to develop their own methods and work with different degrees of accuracy. Initially students are introduced to the lottery-winning couple and the amount that they have claimed (£45 570 835.50) and are then asked whether this would be enough to buy all of the games on amazon.co.uk, or all of the CDs? the DVDs? or more?? It is likely that students will decide to sample the prices of DVDs, CDs, games etc. to allow them to estimate the value of Amazon’s stock and consideration will need to be given to the accuracy of different sampling strategies.

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.

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