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Secondary Magazine - Issue 57: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 57net of pearls

5 things to do this fortnight

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In Liverpool on 22 April, senior representatives from the three leading awarding bodies OCR, AQA and Edexcel, will give parallel presentations on recent core A-level papers, with time allowed for questions from the floor. This will be followed by a plenary session in which Sue Pope, Programme Manager for Mathematics at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA, formerly part of QCA), will talk on curriculum and qualifications developments.

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Another of the Gresham College lectures takes place on 4 May. This one is inspired by Felix Klein, one of the great 19th Century geometers, who discovered in mathematics an idea prefigured in a Buddhist myth: the heaven of Indra contained a net of pearls, each of which was reflected in its neighbour, so that the whole Universe was mirrored in each pearl.  Klein studied infinitely repeated reflections and was led in his imagination to remarkable forms with hitherto unknown symmetries.
In the 1980s a group of mathematicians embarked on the first computer exploration of Klein's vision, and in doing so found further extraordinary images of their own. In this lecture you can join one of the group, Caroline Series, on the path from basic mathematical ideas to simple algorithms, whose repetition creates delicate fractal filigrees which are only now beginning to be explored fully.

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Are you thinking about Functional Maths? The Functional Skills Support Programme has produced a number of resources to support the development of functional skills from a classroom level up to SLT. This document offers a progression for teaching and learning functional skills.

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With the exams getting closer it’s sometimes useful (though not necessarily easy!) to take a step back and think about something else for a bit. How about whether an infinite number of monkeys typing at random on an infinite number of typewriters will eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare? This article from Plus magazine offers food for thought.

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Friday 23 April is St George’s Day. What better way to celebrate than with the Children’s Society bake and brew?! Have a cup of tea and a slice of cake and raise money for a good cause!

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