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Secondary Magazine - Issue 60: It's in the News!

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Created on 06 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 24 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 60Eyjafjallajokull volano - photograph by NASA Goddard Photo and Video used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 licence

It's in the News!
Long journey home

The fortnightly It’s in the News! 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.

During March 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull started to erupt. By 14 April, the volcano entered an explosive phase and released clouds of mineral ash which formed a cloud which rose up to 10 km into the atmosphere. Air Traffic Controllers decided that as ash can lead to engine failure they would close the airspace, leaving thousands of travellers stranded across the globe. This resource invites pupils to reconstruct a journey home from Prague to England as a result of the ash cloud.
The activity gives students the opportunity to deal with some unfamiliar and, in some ways, complex data – it uses real data gathered (at great expense) during the journey. Students could be asked to suggest some questions they would like to ask about the situation which could be answered using the data given.

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.

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