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Secondary Magazine - Issue 61: It's in the News!


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Secondary Magazine Issue 61
 

It's in the News!
The World Cup

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.

You might have heard that the Football World Cup kicks off across South Africa on 11 June this year? Flags of different nations are flying and, as usual, there is plenty of speculation about whether England fans will have something more recent than 1966 to celebrate. But how likely is it that football really will be ‘coming home’? What does the data suggest? This resource provides students with data about some of the teams competing in the competition and invites the students to use this to offer a reasoned argument predicting who they think will win the famous trophy. Data given includes the FIFA world ranking of international teams, data from the International Federation of Football History and Statistics about the strongest team coaches and national leagues and previous head-to-head matches between some of the top teams.

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. The It’s in the News! resources also provide the opportunity for students to work on many of the Functional Maths skills.


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