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Secondary Magazine - Issue 50

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Updated on 05 January 2010 by ncetm_administrator

Secondary Magazine Issue 50corks - photograph by Rennett Stowe

Happy New Year and welcome to Issue 50 of the Secondary Magazine.  In this Issue there is plenty of mathematical champagne and candles as we start a new decade and celebrate in style – at a Straw Bear Festival?


From the editor - New Year's Resolutions
Having already had a chance in September to set some New Year's Resolutions, we use this opportunity to review our intentions and set the scene for the term ahead!
Up2d8 maths - Pints and Schooners
The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The National Weights and Measures Laboratory is just coming to the end of a consultation period which could see a new measure introduced to pubs and licensed premises. It’s argued that the new two-thirds of a pint measure would provide customers with more choice, particularly when ordering drinks with a high alcohol content. This resource encourages students to explore the safe drinking recommendations and, in doing so, develop their understanding of fractions.
The interview - Niall Wrafter
Do you like mathematics because there is always a right answer? Are you intrigued by the golden mean? Find out about our interviewee and his work with computers.
Focus on - 50
As it's our 50th issue, we thought we would celebrate by finding out some quirky facts associated with the number fifty. Why not celebrate with us by reading here?
An idea for the classroom - Who won the maths prize?
Do you find nice activities but think they are not at the right level for your pupils? Find out how an existing resource was adapted for a group of low ability Year 8 pupils.
5 things to do this fortnight
Are you going to the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival? You DO need to find out about this!!
Diary of a subject leader
Real life issues in the life of a fictional subject leader
In this issue's diary, our subject leader gains some wisdom from his great aunt, and is marking on the evening of a family celebration. Sounds familiar? Read on! 
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