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Hide the Spies

This Nuffield activity is set in the context of a park. Students determine where spies should sit in the park that has a square grid of benches, interspersed by bushes, so that they cannot see each other. Students also investigate how many different arrangements of spies are possible.

The key processes...

Fire Hydrants

This Nuffield activity asks students to experiment with the placing and number of fire hydrants required in a city with square blocks that form a rectangular grid.

Key processes developed in this investigation are:

*Representing - diagrammatic representation and moving to more abstract mathematical...

Corner to Corner

In this Nuffield activity students investigate how different numbers of squares can be joined corner to corner and the effect their arrangement has on the area of the rectangle that encloses the squares.

The key processes developed in this activity are:

*Representing - determining which aspects to...

Beach Guesthouse

This Nuffield exploration is a simulation of a booking system for a small guesthouse. Students have to manage the bookings and, as far as possible, arrange to give people the accommodation they request.

The key processes in this exploration are :

*Representing - finding and using alternative ways to...

Average Limits

In this Nuffield investigation students explore limiting values of an iterative process, using arithmetic, algebra or spreadsheets. Students can move from identifying patterns to forming, verifying and proving conjectures.

The key processes developed in this activity include:

*Representing - moving...

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion is a set of four interactive lessons about a full-scale alien attack that coincides with a class visit to Manford City. To set the scene and support the lessons, live television news bulletins, radio broadcasts and telephone messages help to develop the story line. The invasion leads to a series of...

Student Self-review Sheets

Produced by the Nuffield Foundation these resources offer four options of self-review sheets for students to use as they complete capability and resource tasks. *Reviewing your work in a capability task: Two A4 sheets that can be copied, backed, to form an A5 leaflet for students to complete at key points as they...

Bronze award: tree for life

This project revolves around the subject of trees and the life that trees support. The activity links to the work of the OPAL project.

The project should take about 5 hours to complete. There are three activities in this pack. They can be used to learn...

Water rocket challenge

  • This annual competition is run by the National Physics Laboratory and challenges students to launch a rocket powered by water or air pressure and see how long they can keep it in the air, whilst trying to earn additional bonus seconds by landing it in designated target area.
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National engineering competition for girls

  • Talent 2030’s National Engineering competition for girls is a free competition that runs every year and offers girls the chance to win £500 for themselves and £500 for their school. The competition invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century...

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