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Challenges

These resources have been provided by Mathematical Education on Merseyside who have been running Challenge and Senior Challenge, take-home competitions for February half term, since the late 1970s. The Challenge is aimed at students in Years Seven and Eight. Each challenge consists of about eight questions, with...

Bridges and Structures

These activities from Cre8ate maths sets challenges which require pupils to be constructive, creative and think strategically about simple structures.

Working in groups of 3 or 4, students create structures from a single sheet of A4 paper, the tallest free-standing tower and the longest possible span between...

Bearings

Using this resource, from Defence Dynamics, students work as the Operations Team for a Royal Air Force (RAF) squadron on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA).

Presented with a series of imaginary scenarios, students have to review and plan routes for a number of aircraft facing different crises.

The lesson aims...

You Reckon?

In this activity students are introduced the idea of Plausible Estimation (PE). PE underpins major decisions made in private and public lives. PE tasks allow students to appreciate how powerful simple mathematics can be when making decisions about important topics by solving problems faced by aid agencies,...

Youth Hostel

In this Bowland assessment task, students are required to allocate dormitories at a Youth Hostel for a given number of boys, girls and adults given certain constraints. Suitable methods of displaying the information are to be designed, a systematic method employed in order to check that all the conditions have been...

Yorkshire Pupil Survey

This Cre8ate maths set of survey activities cover estimation and measurement, and engagement is encouraged by introducing a competitive element,. E.g.: Are girls better at estimating than boys? Can boys jump higher than girls? There is scope to perform a variety of investigations on ratios, averages, ranges,...

World Records

This Cre8ate maths topic gives opportunities to explore real data. Women's marathon involves constructing a statistical chart whilst ratio and percentage are used in Record differences. Logical thinking is needed in World record match.

Working for Efficiency

This Cre8ate maths topic looks at simplified versions of three different network problems that are encountered in practical logistical planning. Paper rounds offers the opportunity for reasoning and proof as the arguments needed to establish Euler's theorem are within their grasp. It also, along with Cable...

Winning Medals: Does Engineering Design Make a Difference?

This resource aims to give students the opportunity to investigate the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on wheelchair sport. Students create a presentation that provides a justified answer to the ‘big question’, does engineering design make a difference to a wheelchair athlete's...

Why Does That Work?

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Why Does That Work? describes a simple trick using a domino. Students are asked to use algebra to explain why the trick works. The lesson plan links to Numeracy Strategy material Mind readers and What's the trick? assessing students’ progress in mathematics at...

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